How prostate cancer support groups do and do not survive: British Columbian perspectives

Oliffe, John L., Halpin, Michael, Bottorff, Joan L., Hislop, T. Gregory, McKenzie, Michael and Mroz, Lawrence (2008) How prostate cancer support groups do and do not survive: British Columbian perspectives. American Journal of Men's Health, 2 2: 143-155. doi:10.1177/1557988307304147

Author Oliffe, John L.
Halpin, Michael
Bottorff, Joan L.
Hislop, T. Gregory
McKenzie, Michael
Mroz, Lawrence
Title How prostate cancer support groups do and do not survive: British Columbian perspectives
Journal name American Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-9883
Publication date 2008-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1557988307304147
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 143
End page 155
Total pages 13
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract Many prostate cancer support groups (PCSGs) have formed in North America during the past decade, yet their operation or factors influencing sustainability are poorly understood. This article reports micro (intragroup), meso (intergroup), and macro (group/structure) analyses drawn from the fieldwork and participant observations conducted for an ethnographic study of PCSGs based in British Columbia, Canada. The findings indicate that effective group leadership is integral to group sustainability and the recruitment and retention of attendees. At the meso level, intergroup connections and communication were often informal; however, the primary purpose of all the PCSGs was to provide information and support to men and their families. Many PCSGs were uncertain how formal associations with cancer fund-raising societies would influence group effectiveness. Macro issues such as prostate cancer activism resided with individual group "champions" through activities coordinated by provincial and national PCSG organizations. However, activism did not guarantee group sustainability. The study findings reveal why some groups flourish while others appear untenable, and form the basis for discussion about how PCSG sustainability might be best achieved.
Keyword Cancer psychosocial support
Group sustainability
Prostate cancer
Support groups
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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