Eckart Seilacher

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BACKGROUND The internet is an easy and always accessible source of information for cancer patients. The aim of our study was to evaluate the information provided on German websites. MATERIAL AND METHODS We developed an instrument based on criteria for patient information from the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, the Agency for Quality in(More)
In spite of a referral letter as an important document for communicating between physicians, whether it could also be useful as a source of information for patients has not yet established. We included cancer patients in palliative care setting, all of whom completed a standardized questionnaire regarding their opinion concerning the utility of a referral(More)
The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between information needs and cancer patients’ perceptions of the impact of the disease, self-efficacy, and locus of control. Using a standardized questionnaire, we obtained data from patients who attended a series of lectures. The questionnaire included questions on their information needs, sources(More)
INTRODUCTION Cancer patients generally have a great need for disease-related information. They prefer to be informed personally by the attending doctor. Yet, they also use other sources, mostly from medical laypersons or public media. The goal of our survey was to obtain insight into information patients get and their requirements regarding information. (More)
OBJECTIVE To learn more about cancer patients' motivation for seeking a second opinion. METHODS Participants filled in a standardized questionnaire. RESULTS Among 106 patients, 34% had looked for a second opinion, 81% wanted to check the accuracy of their treatment, and 49% needed to better understand the diagnosis. Low understanding of information was(More)
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