Preference for information and involvement, information seeking and emotional responses of women undergoing colposcopy


  • Dr. Andrea M. Barsevick,

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    • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Nursing Education Bldg., 420 Service Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19104
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    • Andrea M. Barsevick, DNSc, RN, is an assistant professor at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Jean E. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and the chief of oncology nursing in the School of Nursing, and the associate director for nursing oncology at the Cancer Center, University of Rochester, New York. This research was conducted while the first author was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar at the University of Rochester. The ideas presented do not represent the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Jean E. Johnson


The relationship of individual differences in preference for information and involvement, information-seeking behaviors, and emotional reponses was examined in 36 women undergoing colposcopy, a stressful medical procedure. The findings revealed that individual differences in preference for information and behavioral involvement in health care influenced women's information seeking about colposcopy. Women who asked more questions during their clinic visits reported higher preferences for information. Women who sought an information sheet about colposcopy reported higher preference for behavioral involvement in their health care. The findings also revealed that information seeking was associated with the positive emotional response confidence but not with fear or anger/depression.