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Elderly Men’s Experience of Information Material about Melanoma—A Qualitative Study
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
Received: 25 April 2013; in revised form: 25 June 2013 / Accepted: 26 June 2013 / Published: 11 July 2013
Abstract: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive disease that has been increasing worldwide. Public education is trying to focus on reducing intense sun exposure and raise awareness of signs and symptoms to prevent illness. The aim of the study was to describe and analyze elderly men’s (over 65 years) experience of an information booklet regarding malignant melanoma. The study comprised of a total of 15 interviews with elderly men. The interviews were analyzed using manifest qualitative content analysis. Respect for the individuals was a main concern in the study. One category, Security—to act, and three subcategories, Availability—to use, Clarity—to understand, and Awareness—to know, were identified to describe the men’s experiences of information material about melanoma. By using person-centered care, based on a holistic approach focusing on men’s need for security to act on specific risk factors and to do skin self-examination, health could be improved. The results of this study could help other health organizations to develop information material to prevent illness, such as for skin self-examination. Strategies concerning educating, preparing, and training health professionals in interpersonal communication skills should be implemented in healthcare organizations to meet patients’ information needs about illness to develop continuous learning and quality improvement.
Keywords: malignant melanoma; men’s experiences; person-centered care; qualitative methods; self-care learning; skin self-examination
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Rosengren, K. Elderly Men’s Experience of Information Material about Melanoma—A Qualitative Study. Healthcare 2013, 1, 5-19.
Rosengren K. Elderly Men’s Experience of Information Material about Melanoma—A Qualitative Study. Healthcare. 2013; 1(1):5-19.
Rosengren, Kristina. 2013. "Elderly Men’s Experience of Information Material about Melanoma—A Qualitative Study." Healthcare 1, no. 1: 5-19.