Age and Age-Related Differences in Internet Usage of Cancer Patients

  • Julia C. M. van Weert
  • Sifra Bolle
  • Linda D. Muusses
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


This study investigates age and age-related differences in Internet usage of 952 cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. Older patients (> 65 years) reported significantly less Internet usage to find treatment-related information than younger ones (< 65 years). Still, 40.1% of the older patients used the internet regularly or often, as compared to 52.3% of the younger patients. About one quarter (26.4%) of the older patients and 14.6% of the younger patients didn’t use the Internet at all during their chemotherapy treatment. In the younger age group, men, patients with a palliative treatment goal, a more monitoring coping style, more information preferences and higher fulfilled information and communication needs reported more Internet usage than their counterparts. In the older age group, only a monitoring coping style, being male and a higher education level predicted Internet usage. The results of this study provide guidance to improve Internet usage of older patients.


Aging Internet Information Seeking Cancer Chemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia C. M. van Weert
    • 1
  • Sifra Bolle
    • 1
  • Linda D. Muusses
    • 2
  1. 1.Amsterdam School of Communication Research/ASCoRUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Social and Organisational PsychologyVU University AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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