Community peer support in cancer

Patient attitudes and experiences

Whilst the social, educative and psychological benefits of community peer support networks in cancer are well documented, use of formal support groups are not widespread. Use of informal networks – such as via the internet – is a relatively recent occurrence, and there is little literature examining to what extent they are accessed, and the roles of these collectives. This study aimed to: 1. To explore cancer patient attitudes and perceptions of peer support groups 2. Examine reasons why patients may choose to become involved / or decline involvement with such groups 3. Explore to what extent these groups are identifiable and accessible to patients 4. To examine the varying nature of these groups and the roles which they serve (i.e. internet, formal support groups, informal social groups)

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