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  • Vasconcellos-Silva, Paulo Roberto
    et al.
    Sormunen, Taina
    Sophiahemmet University.
    Gransjön Craftman, Åsa
    Sophiahemmet University.
    Evolution of accesses to information on breast cancer and screeing on the Brazilian National Cancer Institute website: An exploratory study2018In: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, ISSN 1413-8123, E-ISSN 1678-4561, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 1303-1312Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Delays in diagnosis due to low Breast Cancer awareness are widespread in Brazil maybe owing to ineffective strategies to raise attention on early diagnosis. As a proxy of collective interest in BC screanning (BCS) we studied the monthly accesses to BC and BCS webpages in INCA’s website along 48 months. A log analyzer built a time serie (2006-2009) of BC and BCS monthly means, which oscilations were studied by analysis of variance (ANOVA). We found significant increasing accesses to BC and transient "attention peaks". Enlargement in BC/BCS differences along all period were caused by increasing accesses to BC and decreasing/minor/stable oscillations to SBC pages. These results are consistent with previous reports on increasing interest to BC contrasting with indifference on BCS. In the context of an exploratory study, we discussed some aspects: weakness of a "prevention culture"; lack of confidence in health system and screening programs; "celebrity effect" in the context of media framing; collective perception of risks heightened by perception of social vulnerability. Findings suggest that culture-tailored communication strategies would be necessary to inform Brazilian people about BCS. Future research is needed to study social perceptions and constructions on BC topics.

  • Anderbro, Therese
    et al.
    Amsberg, Susanne
    Moberg, Erik
    Gonder-Frederick, Linda
    Adamson, Ulf
    Lins, Per-Eric
    Johansson, Unn-Britt
    Sophiahemmet University.
    A longitudinal study of fear of hypoglycaemia in adults with type 1 diabetes2018In: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, ISSN 2057-3316Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims: To  investigate  fear  of  hypoglycaemia  (FoH)  longitudinally  in  a  cross-  sectional  study  of  adult  patients  with  type  1  diabetes.  Specifically,  we  investigated  two  sub-groups of patients who over 4 years either showed a substantial increase or decrease in level of FoH to identify factors associated with changes in FoH.

    Methods: The Swedish version of the Hypoglycaemia Fear Survey (HFS) along with a questionnaire  to  assess  hypoglycaemia  history  was  sent  by  mail  to  764  patients  in  2010. The responders in 2010 (n =   469) received another set of the same two ques-tionnaires in 2014. HbA1c, insulin regimen, weight and creatinine from 2010 and 2014 were obtained from medical records. Those with an absolute difference in HFS scores ≥  75th percentile were included in   the    subgroup analyses. Statistical analyses included one- sample t tests, chi- square and McNemar’s test.

    Results: The absolute difference in the HFS total score (n =   347) between 2010 and 2014 was m =   ±7.6, SD ±   6. In the increased FoH group, more patients reported a high level of moderate hypoglycaemic episodes as well as impaired awareness of hypogly-caemia in 2014 compared with the decreased FoH group. There were more subjects in the  increased  FoH  group  with  insulin  pumps  in  2014  and  in  2010.  In  the  decreased  FoH group, more patients had a high frequency of daily self- monitoring of blood glu-cose (SMBG) in 2010 and in 2014.

    Conclusions: Fear of hypoglycaemia is stable across time for most patients. Changes in fear level are associated with changes in hypoglycaemia frequency. Thus, asking pa-tients about changes in hypoglycaemia experiences is of great importance.