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Table 2 Factors contributing to information needs and information seeking

From: Challenges in multidisciplinary cancer care among general surgeons in Canada

Factor Degree of uncertainty Uncertainty triggers information seeking
  N % N %
Resource availability (human/technologic) 99 60.4 111 73.0
Comorbid conditions 93 56.4 122 77.7
Patient factors such as age or physiology 86 51.8 107 68.6
Evidence, unaware, lacking or conflicting 74 45.7 134 86.5
Tumour stage 64 38.6 130 84.4
Patient safety 60 36.8 113 73.9
Chemotherapy or radiotherapy 59 35.8 146 92.4
Patient preferences 56 33.7 88 58.3
Ethical issues 42 25.8 105 68.6
Pathology 40 23.8 145 92.9
Legal issues 35 21.2 104 68.9
Surgery 21 12.7 132 87.4