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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rai, Siddharth
Author's Email Address siddharth.rai@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03282005-154159
Title Medical information sources for cancer patients: Health care providers perspective
Degree Master of Science
Department Management of Technology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David M. Dilts Committee Chair
  • physicians
  • patients
  • cancer
  • sources
  • information
  • medical
Date of Defense 2005-03-31
Availability unrestricted
Majority of Americans are paying moderate or a great deal of attention to medical health

news. The ability to clearly determine patients’ past and potential medical information sources

can help both physicians and patients make more efficient medical decisions, but limited study

has been done to identify health care providers’ attitude about their patients’ use of this data. A

survey was implemented at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN. Of the 110

individuals approached, 66 (60%) completed the questionnaires. Almost 90% health care

providers expected patients to gather information from human sources, even though the quality

of information obtained from some of those sources, particularly friends, relatives and

acquaintances was poor (2.68 of 7). Patients were recommended to limit using friends, relatives

and acquaintances as sources of information. The quality of information obtained from various

sources was consistently rated lower by health care providers than patients. Health care providers felt that certain patient demographics are good predictors for cancer information source


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