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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To investigate how gender-specific issues shape the experiences of young adult men with cancer and what they report to be problematic. RESEARCH APPROACH A qualitative, descriptive approach. SETTING Website, focus group in the southwestern United States, and phone interviews throughout the United States. PARTICIPANTS Text from an(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe topics, needs, and concerns related to nutrition and exercise that adolescents and young adults affected by a serious illness (cancer) discuss online. METHODS Investigators conducted a qualitative content analysis of messages related to nutrition and exercise posted on an online young adult cancer forum. RESULTS AYAs described(More)
Social network sites (SNSs) like Twitter continue to attract users, many of whom turn to these spaces for social support for serious illnesses like cancer. Building on literature that explored the functionality of online spaces for health-related social support, we propose a typology that situates this type of support in an SNS-based open cancer community(More)
BACKGROUND Health and psychosocial outcomes for young adults affected by cancer have improved only minimally in decades, partially due to a lack of relevant support and information. Given significant unmet needs involving nutrition and exercise, it is important to understand how this audience handles information about food and fitness in managing their(More)
As Web 2.0 technologies proliferate, patient education is changing dramatically. Information about prevention and survivorship arrives from a mix of sources. The present manuscript describes a study to shed light on how young adults (YAs) affected by cancer manage the digital world. Our investigation was guided by a research question asking how young adults(More)
expectations and perceptual processes. Arguably, there is an evolutionary design to a cognitive division of between domain-general perceptual heuristics and (domain-specific) learning and inference mechanisms, the one e flexible adaptation to variable conditions of experience and the other invariably steering people to those enduring a biological reality(More)
PURPOSE Categorization of the needs of AYA cancer survivors is primarily based on quantitative analyses of epidemiological and observational research. The present study classified the phenomenological experiences of AYA survivors based on their own language. METHODS A systematic approach for selecting qualitative studies of unmet needs in AYA cancer(More)
OBJECTIVE As healthcare consumers increasingly use the Internet as a source for health information, direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising online merits additional attention. The purpose of this research was to investigate media coverage of the joint marketing program linking the movie Happy Feet and the nonbranded disease education Web site(More)
Twitter is a popular source of health information. This study reports a content analysis of posts about vaccinations, documenting sources, tone, and medical accuracy. Results can help explain patient knowledge and directions for educational campaigns. A set of 6,827 tweets indicates professional sources were shared most and treated positively. Two-thirds of(More)