A community-based approach to cancer counselling for patients and carers: A preliminary study

Hutchison, Sandy D., Sargeant, Hilary, Morris, Bronwyn A., Hawkes, Anna Louise, Clutton, Samantha and Chambers, Suzanne K. (2011) A community-based approach to cancer counselling for patients and carers: A preliminary study. Psycho-Oncology, 20 8: 897-901. doi:10.1002/pon.1786


Author Hutchison, Sandy D.
Sargeant, Hilary
Morris, Bronwyn A.
Hawkes, Anna Louise
Clutton, Samantha
Chambers, Suzanne K.
Title A community-based approach to cancer counselling for patients and carers: A preliminary study
Journal name Psycho-Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1057-9249
1099-1611
Publication date 2011-08
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pon.1786
Volume 20
Issue 8
Start page 897
End page 901
Total pages 5
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: The delivery of psychological care services to people with cancer and their carers is a key clinical priority that has yet to be broadly implemented. The present study aimed to provide guidance for service provision by describing a community-based intervention approach; outlining the characteristics, psychological concerns, and distress outcomes for people who utilise the service.

Methods:
Over a 3-year period 681 patients and 520 significant others referred from a community-based Cancer Helpline received tele-based psychosocial interventions.

Results
: In this case series presenting problems varied between patients and significant others, with significant others reporting higher levels of distress (p<0.001). Both patients and significant others experienced decreases in distress over the period of the intervention (p<0.001).

Conclusions: This study provides level IV evidence that the tele-based intervention for cancer-related distress is an effective approach to service delivery. A randomised control trial is currently underway to assess the effectiveness of this approach.
Keyword Cancer
Oncology
Psychological intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 3 JUN 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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