Experience, functions and benefits of a cancer support group
UNSPECIFIED. (2004) Experience, functions and benefits of a cancer support group. PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING, 55 (1). pp. 87-93. ISSN 0738-3991Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2003.08.002
The limited research which has been conducted in relation to self help as opposed to therapeutic cancer support groups has produced conflicting findings. In response the current study approached three local cancer support groups and requested their involvement in a qualitative study incorporating focus group discussion. Results revealed that the variation in psychological well being and coping experienced by individual members influenced subsequent preferences for support, information and involvement. Members therefore used a variety of sources of support and information throughout their care. An example of this was membership of the local cancer support group. These groups provided practical assistance, emotional support, a sense of belonging and realistic information relating to the 'normal' course of the illness. However, use of these functions varied between individuals and highlighted the need to evaluate these groups not in relation to their provision of group therapy but in relation to the individual experiences of each member. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCI IRELAND LTD|
|Official Date:||October 2004|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 87-93|
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