APH 1999, 57, 155-169:
The role of
self-help groups in providing care for breast cancer patients.
E. Bruyninckx, D. Mortelmans, and E. Van Hove
Keywords: self-help groups, network analysis, health care
|Quality of life and health promotion have become central concepts in medical sociological literature, constituting a transformation in the
conventional health perspective. The objective of this research was to examine whether existing healthcare facilities in a region of Flanders do reflect this transformation. The structure and network dynamics of the care facilities for breast cancer patients were looked upon, with specific interest in the role of self-help groups.
Face to face interviews were carried out in a stepwise-explored population of care facilities, using a written questionnaire. Added to questions about the structure and services of each organisation, the survey also asked about their network links with other care facilities. A total
of 57 organisations were interviewed.