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Cancer patients benefited by online information services and support groups

ly collected use data on an individual key stoke level as participants used the system, allowing the researchers to measure what types of services were used. Additionally, women were also surveyed before the study began and four months after receiving the system to determine how certain patterns of use behavior contributed to improved learning outcomes.

The analysis revealed that greater use of information services and interactive services both independently predicted improved learning outcomes.

Additionally, women who used information services in combination with the online support groups or interactive services obtained greater benefits than women who primarily depended on the information services alone. Surprisingly, interacting with an online expert did not contribute to learning outcomes either independently or in combination with using the information services.

"The results of this study suggest that cancer patients should seek out trusted information and interactive services on the Internet, and they may obtain additional benefits if they also use online support groups as well," said Shaw.

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