Evaluating a volunteer cancer support service Journal Article


Authors: Edgar, L. J.; Remmer, J.; Rosberger, Z.; Rapkin, B.
Article Title: Evaluating a volunteer cancer support service
Abstract: Hope and Cope, a voluntary self-help organization for cancer patients and their families, was evaluated as part of a randomized controlled clinical trial of newly diagnosed patients with breast or colon cancer. Measures of psychosocial distress, functional well-being, and optimism were evaluated four months after diagnosis (Time 1) and eight months later (Time 2). There were differences between the users and nonusers at Time 1: Users of Hope and Cope had greater needs but became more satisfied regarding resolution of their needs at Time 2 than did nonparticipants. The outcome of physical well-being was significantly better for those who took part in Hope and Cope. Participants of voluntary support organizations appear to make appropriate choices on the basis of their needs. Issues of patients' preference have not been given sufficient attention in psychosocial oncology research and may influence the results of such studies. © 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: adult; controlled study; aged; patient satisfaction; major clinical study; clinical trial; cancer patient; follow up; controlled clinical trial; randomized controlled trial; cancer research; health program; health service; breast carcinoma; coping behavior; colon carcinoma; health care organization; wellbeing; social psychology; family; support group; evaluation research; self help; human; male; female; article; newly diagnosed patients; program users and nonusers; voluntary support services
Journal Title: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0734-7332
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group  
Date Published: 2003-01-01
Start Page: 53
End Page: 72
Language: English
DOI: 10.1300/J077v21n01_03
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Export Date: 12 September 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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