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Table 6 Data by type of information or support - Research and information seeking

From: Support for people who use Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: A Systematic Scoping Review into what they want and what they access

Type of information / support Support sought from (if given) Article reference
Seeking of general information on IPED use: including effectiveness, dosage, the effects, how to use, types of substances/brand Friend(s)/Experienced user(s)/Training partners/Peers/Other user(s)/Family [1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16]
Online forums* [3, 8, 17]
Underground books/Magazines [1, 8, 13, 16, 18]
Doctor(s)/Medical practitioner(s)/Nurse(s) [1, 4, 12, 15]
Gym contact(s)/Gym trainer(s)/Personal trainers [1, 4, 12, 15, 19]
Dealer(s)/Supplier(s) [1,2,3, 11, 12, 15]
Questions to anti-doping hotline/Online service on AAS [20]
Internet/Specialist websites* [2,3,4, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18]
Medical journals [1]
NSP(s) [2, 4, 12, 15]
Steroid guides in gyms/Other sources [12, 15, 18]
Research into cycling, stacking and types of substances Peers/Fellow users [2, 13]
Websites [16]
Dealers [2]
Online forums [17]
Self-experimentation [16]
Research into side effects and risk management People with ‘hands-on’ experience of use/ Steroid guides in gyms/ Underground books/Dedicated websites [18]
Questions to anti-doping hotline/Online service on adverse side-effects/ Health risks [20]
Doping tests Questions to anti-doping hotline/Online service on obtaining positive doping test and penalties [20]
  1. Any data given about access of services that is not linked to AAS/IPED use has not been included in this table. *It could be that when AAS users refer to websites they might also mean specialist forums