Table 4.

Education needs

Population-based (n = 134), n (%)Self-referral (n = 134), n (%)
Would like very much assistance with…
    …changing behavior*34 (26.0)63 (47.4)
    …getting information on general risk factors*21 (15.9)45 (34.1)
    …learning about cancer treatment*15 (11.7)43 (32.6)
    …personal risk*25 (19.2)67 (50.4)
    …screening tests*22 (17.1)57 (42.9)
    …coping with feelings about cancer13 (9.9)31 (23.7)
    …helping others26 (20.2)43 (33.3)
    …talking to health care provider21 (16.0)36 (27.3)
    …hearing others' experiences§13 (10.0)23 (17.42)
Would like education about cancer very much…
    …in written health pamphlets*23 (17.6)51 (38.9)
    …during instructional television shows13 (10.2)31 (23.8)
    …from videotapes10 (7.7)25 (18.9)
    …phone call with a health care professional10 (7.6)22 (16.9)
    …from audiotapes6 (4.7)16 (12.2)
    …in an individual session24 (18.6)41 (31.3)
    …through a telephone help line5 (3.8)15 (11.5)
    …over the internet23 (17.8)37 (28.9)
    …in a visit with health care provider§29 (22.1)42 (31.8)
How much do you talk to your health care provider about risk for cancer (a lot)9 (6.8)25 (19.1)
Total no. strongest response to 58 questions*9.4 ± 8.415.3 ± 9.2
  • * P < 0.001.

  • P < 0.01.

  • P < 0.05.

  • § P < 0.1.