A group orientation program for families of newly admitted cancer patients Journal Article


Authors: Parsonnet, L.; O'Hare, J.
Article Title: A group orientation program for families of newly admitted cancer patients
Abstract: Diagnosis and treatment of cancer is traumatic for patient and family, and hospital admission is the climax of the crisis. The authors describe a program in which social workers and former cancer patients orient families to a cancer center at the time of patient admission. The goals of the program are to lessen anxiety and increase mastery at this entry point into the medical system. No medical information is given during the group sessions. Content includes information on hospital facilities, treatment equipment, common feelings that cancer patients and their families experience, ways that family members can support the patient, and the roles of various hospital staff. The sessions also serve as a screening tool for the hospital to identify families that may need additional intervention. The program lessens the trauma for patients and their families, engages family members in treatment, and facilitates positive interactions between the hospital staff and members of patients’ support networks. © 1990 National Association of Social Workers, Inc.
Keywords: united states; neoplasm; organization and management; neoplasms; psychological aspect; social support; cancer center; cancer care facilities; new york city; hospital admission; human relation; professional-family relations; hospital personnel; hospital department; patient admission; hospital departments; human; article; social work department, hospital; hospital volunteers
Journal Title: Social Work
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0037-8046
Publisher: Oxford University Press  
Date Published: 1990-01-01
Start Page: 37
End Page: 40
Language: English
DOI: 10.1093/sw/35.1.37
PUBMED: 2315761
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 27 January 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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