A review of peer support in the context of cancer

Dunn, J., Steginga, S. K., Rosoman, N. and Millichap, D. (2003) A review of peer support in the context of cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 21 2: 55-67. doi:10.1300/J077v21n02_04

Author Dunn, J.
Steginga, S. K.
Rosoman, N.
Millichap, D.
Title A review of peer support in the context of cancer
Journal name Journal of Psychosocial Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0734-7332
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1300/J077v21n02_04
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 55
End page 67
Total pages 13
Editor G. Christ
J. Zabora
Place of publication USA
Publisher Haworth Press
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321015 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
730304 Palliative care
Abstract Peer support interventions for people with cancer, their families, and friends have been widely used throughout the world. The present study reviewed the research literature on psychosocial oncology over the past decade to assess the prevalence and contribution of articles on peer support. Using CD-Rom databases, 25 articles were retrieved for review. In each article, patients or their family members were the target group for supportive interventions, which were primarily for the delivery of peer support and included either a qualitative or quantitative evaluation of the program. A definitional taxonomy for peer support interventions, which identified eight discrete settings, was derived from three key dimensions: style of supervision, interpersonal context, and mode of delivery. The studies suggested that peer support programs help by providing emotional and informational support from the perspective of shared personal experience. However, a paucity of research-particularly randomized controlled trials-was noted. The reasons may include inherent difficulties in isolating for study what is essentially a naturalistically occurring interpersonal dynamic from the complex social and community contexts from which it emanates. The authors discuss the gap between practice and theory in this area and recommend a broader and more inclusive view of supportive care for people with cancer. (C) 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Peer Support
Self-help Groups
Group Interventions
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Social Science Publications
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