Couples coping with cancer together: Successful implementation of a caregiver program as standard of care.


OBJECTIVE:The couples coping with cancer together program (CCCT) is used to illustrate practical strategies to implement, evaluate, and grow a successful couples-based program in an NCI-designated CCC. CCCT is multimodal program utilizing psychoeducational, strategic, strengths-based, and problem-solving theoretical frameworks. CCCT integrates multiple intervention modalities, as the standard of care: patients/partners biopsychosocial screening, a standardized psychoeducational session, group intervention, and short-term couples counseling. METHODS:Implementation strategies included: (a) identifying Values-Benefits-Outcomes for key stakeholders, (b) recruiting an interdisciplinary team, (c) utilizing a concurrent development model (implementing program components in small iterations), (d) integrating program into existing institutional processes, and (e) collecting data and credibility. RESULTS:CCCT prospectively screened 1995 patients/partners simultaneously for biopsychosocial distress and 913 patient/partner completed program evaluations. Program satisfaction was extremely high: "I recommend this program, for other patients/partners (Patients 95.4% Partners 96.4%)." Ten of the 11 participating physicians anonymously surveyed responded and indicated 100% likely/very likely "to recommend the program to other physicians." CONCLUSIONS:Couples-based programs are underutilized and have been shown to be important for adjustment and increased longevity. Despite barriers in the healthcare environment, implementing couples-based programs into standard of care are feasible. These strategies may be applicable to develop supportive care programs in various health-care settings.






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  • Perceptions of cancer as a death sentence: Tracking trends in public perceptions from 2008 to 2017.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:There has been steady progress in reducing cancer mortality in the United States; however, this progress hasn't been evenly distributed across regions. This paper assesses trends in cancer mortality salience (CMS), that is, agreeing that getting cancer is a death sentence, over time in the United States and e...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Moser RP,Arndt J,Jimenez T,Liu B,Hesse BW

    更新日期:2020-11-18 00:00:00

  • What is a psychological intervention? A metareview and practical proposal.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:What do we mean by a 'psychological intervention' in the context of cancer care? It is critical to know what treatments are included under this term, if data from diverse treatment trials are to be summarized in order to inform clinical practice. We, therefore, aimed to determine how the term 'psychological i...


    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Hodges LJ,Walker J,Kleiboer AM,Ramirez AJ,Richardson A,Velikova G,Sharpe M

    更新日期:2011-05-01 00:00:00

  • Cancer-related communication during sessions of family therapy at the end of life.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:A goal of family-focused therapies in oncology is to help families communicate effectively about illness and its management. Yet there has been no examination of whether and how conjoint sessions are conducive to this process. In this study, we (a) described the extent of cancer-specific communication during...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Zaider TI,Kissane DW,Schofield E,Li Y,Masterson M

    更新日期:2020-02-01 00:00:00

  • Psychological distress and use of psychosocial support in familial adenomatous polyposis.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is characterized by multiple adenomas in the colorectum with a high risk to develop colorectal cancer. It is unclear whether individuals at risk of FAP experience distress due to this potentially life-threatening disease. This nationwide study assessed: (1) the prevalence ...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Douma KF,Aaronson NK,Vasen HF,Gerritsma MA,Gundy CM,Janssen EP,Vriends AH,Cats A,Verhoef S,Bleiker EM

    更新日期:2010-03-01 00:00:00

  • Cancer survivorship and psychological distress in later life.

    abstract::Recent research in psychosocial oncology has pointed to the traumatic nature of the stress experienced by cancer survivors. Most of this research has focused on children, young adults survivors and their families. This investigation proposes a conceptual model for understanding general psychological distress (anxiety,...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Deimling GT,Kahana B,Bowman KF,Schaefer ML

    更新日期:2002-11-01 00:00:00

  • Changes in emotion regulation and psychological adjustment following use of a group psychosocial support program for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

    abstract::This study assesses the efficacy of a group intervention in altering emotion regulation processes and promoting adjustment in women with breast cancer. Using a design with 10 alternating phases of availability of the intervention versus standard care, we assessed women participating in one of three conditions: a 12-we...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Cameron LD,Booth RJ,Schlatter M,Ziginskas D,Harman JE

    更新日期:2007-03-01 00:00:00

  • Socioeconomic status and quality of life among Chinese American breast cancer survivors: The mediating roles of social support and social constraints.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Literature has well noted ethnic/racial disparities in cancer survival and cancer care. However, socioeconomic disparities in psychosocial adjustment to breast cancer have garnered little attention. This study addresses the research gap by investigating the associations between socioeconomic indicators (ie, e...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: You J,Wang C,Yeung NCY,Lu Q

    更新日期:2018-07-01 00:00:00

  • The meaning of cancer: implications for family finances and consequent impact on lifestyle, activities, roles and relationships.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study explores the impact that cancer-related financial hardship/worries can have on family life. METHODS:Forty patients (19 male and 21 female) and 17 carers participated in a qualitative study, which drew on certain elements of grounded theory methods. Participants were 18 years or older and were acce...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Amir Z,Wilson K,Hennings J,Young A

    更新日期:2012-11-01 00:00:00

  • Psychosocial benefits of a novel mindfulness intervention versus standard support in distressed women with breast cancer.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:It is well documented that stress is associated with negative health outcomes in cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of a novel mindfulness intervention called mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) versus standard educational support, on indices of stress and quality of life in...


    pub_type: 杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Monti DA,Kash KM,Kunkel EJ,Moss A,Mathews M,Brainard G,Anne R,Leiby BE,Pequinot E,Newberg AB

    更新日期:2013-11-01 00:00:00

  • Perceptions and beliefs of lay people from northern Uganda regarding surgery for diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To explore perceptions and beliefs of people in a rural community in northern Uganda regarding surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. The aim of the study was to inform interventions to reduce delay and improve timely diagnosis and prompt appropriate treatments for patients with symptoms ...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Mwaka AD,Okello ES,Wabinga H

    更新日期:2018-08-01 00:00:00

  • Mind-body medicine and lifestyle modification in supportive cancer care: A cohort study on a day care clinic program for cancer patients.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:We developed an integrative day care clinic program for cancer patients focusing on mind-body techniques and health-promoting lifestyle modification (7-hour once-per-week group sessions over 12 weeks). METHODS:A cohort study design with a waiting group was implemented. Outcome parameters were assessed at the...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Jeitler M,Jaspers J,von Scheidt C,Koch B,Michalsen A,Steckhan N,Kessler CS

    更新日期:2017-12-01 00:00:00

  • The influence of dispositional optimism on post-visit anxiety and risk perception accuracy among breast cancer genetic counselees.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Much is unknown about the influence of dispositional optimism and affective communication on genetic counselling outcomes. This study investigated the influence of counselees' optimism on the counselees' risk perception accuracy and anxiety, while taking into account the affective communication during the fir...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Wiering BM,Albada A,Bensing JM,Ausems MG,van Dulmen AM

    更新日期:2013-11-01 00:00:00

  • Factors associated with adherence to physical activity guidelines in patients with prostate cancer.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study aimed to estimate the proportion of patients with prostate cancer (PCa) meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines of Australia (NPAGA) and determine sociodemographic and medical factors associated with meeting these guidelines. Secondary aims included examining physical activity (PA) levels...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Chipperfield K,Fletcher J,Millar J,Brooker J,Smith R,Frydenberg M,Oh T,Burney S

    更新日期:2013-11-01 00:00:00

  • Using formative evaluation to plan for electronic psychosocial screening in pediatric oncology.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To demonstrate how formative research methods can be used to plan for implementation of evidence-based psychosocial screening in pediatric oncology. METHODS:Multidisciplinary pediatric oncology professionals participated in focus groups to adapt the distress thermometer for electronic administration and deve...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Gilleland Marchak J,Halpin SN,Escoffery C,Owolabi S,Mertens AC,Wasilewski-Masker K

    更新日期:2020-09-15 00:00:00

  • Supportive groups for siblings of pediatric oncology patients: impact on anxiety.

    abstract::Childhood cancer can have a substantial emotional impact on the siblings of the sick child. In order to help these siblings adjust to the illness, supportive groups were started in 1994 at our medical center. The program is based on a model of psychosocial support; the aim of the group is to enhance control strategies...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Houtzager BA,Grootenhuis MA,Last BF

    更新日期:2001-07-01 00:00:00

  • The role of religious and spiritual beliefs in coping with malignant melanoma: an Israeli sample.

    abstract::This preliminary study examined the possible relationship between a newly developed instrument, the Spiritual Beliefs Inventory (SBI-54), and the coping style of a group of cancer patients in Israel. The sample consisted of 100 malignant melanoma patients diagnosed at stages I and II, A and B. Patients were individual...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Baider L,Russak SM,Perry S,Kash K,Gronert M,Fox B,Holland J,Kaplan-Denour A

    更新日期:1999-01-01 00:00:00

  • Individual quality of life of patients undergoing autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Most quality-of-life (QoL) studies in autologous Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (PBSCT) are descriptive and concentrate on symptom severity and functional deficits. The aim of this study is to compare individual QoL (iQoL) with health-related QoL (hrQoL) and functional status of patients before h...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Frick E,Borasio GD,Zehentner H,Fischer N,Bumeder I

    更新日期:2004-02-01 00:00:00

  • Sexual problems, communication patterns, and depressive symptoms in couples coping with metastatic breast cancer.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The treatment of breast cancer tends to result in physical side effects (e.g., vaginal dryness, stomatitis, and atrophy) that can cause sexual problems. Although studies of early-stage breast cancer have demonstrated that sexual problems are associated with increased depressive symptoms for both patients and...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Milbury K,Badr H

    更新日期:2013-04-01 00:00:00

  • Distress screening in oncology-evaluation of the Questionnaire on Distress in Cancer Patients-short form (QSC-R10) in a German sample.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim was to examine the psychometric properties of the Questionnaire on Stress in Cancer Patients (QSC-R10), a 10-item screening instrument for self-assessment of psychosocial distress in cancer patients. METHODS:A total of 1850 cancer patients were assessed with the QSC-R10. Patients were recruited from ...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Book K,Marten-Mittag B,Henrich G,Dinkel A,Scheddel P,Sehlen S,Haimerl W,Schulte T,Britzelmeir I,Herschbach P

    更新日期:2011-03-01 00:00:00

  • Religious beliefs, practices, and health in colorectal cancer patients in Saudi Arabia.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Colorectal cancer (CRC) patients experience considerable psychological stress because of changes brought on by their illness. Religion may be a resource for such patients. We examined the prevalence of religious beliefs and practices in CRC patients and correlation with demographic, social, psychological, and...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shaheen Al Ahwal M,Al Zaben F,Sehlo MG,Khalifa DA,Koenig HG

    更新日期:2016-03-01 00:00:00

  • How doctors communicate the initial diagnosis of cancer matters: cancer disclosure and its relationship with Patients' hope and trust.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The study is to examine the relationships between perceived initial cancer disclosure communication with doctors, levels of hope, and levels of trust in doctors among cancer patients in China. METHODS:A total number of 192 cancer inpatients in a cancer hospital in China were surveyed. Perceived disclosure st...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Cao W,Qi X,Yao T,Han X,Feng X

    更新日期:2017-05-01 00:00:00

  • Feasibility and usefulness of the 'Distress Screening Program in Ambulatory Care' in clinical oncology practice.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Although the implementation of routine screening for distress is desirable, doing so is difficult in today's busy clinical oncology practice. We developed the 'Distress Screening Program in Ambulatory Care' (DISPAC program) as a practical means of screening for and facilitating the treatment of major depressi...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shimizu K,Ishibashi Y,Umezawa S,Izumi H,Akizuki N,Ogawa A,Fujiwara Y,Ando M,Katsumata N,Tamura K,Kouno T,Shimizu C,Yonemori K,Yunokawa M,Uchitomi Y

    更新日期:2010-07-01 00:00:00

  • Efficacy of problem-solving therapy for spouses of men with prostate cancer: A randomized controlled trial.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Prostate cancer can have a significant negative impact on patients and their spouses. Problem-solving therapy (PST) has been shown to help reduce distress and improve quality of life among cancer and caregiver populations. This study tested the efficacy of PST for spouses of men with prostate cancer. METHODS...


    pub_type: 杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Malcarne VL,Ko CM,Roesch SC,Banthia R,Sadler GR

    更新日期:2019-03-01 00:00:00

  • Illness perceptions in Greek patients with cancer: a validation of the Revised-Illness Perception Questionnaire.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The Revised-Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) assesses illness perceptions according to Leventhal's self-regulatory model. The aim of this paper is to present findings on the reliability and validity of the IPQ-R in a population of Greek cancer patients. METHODS:A total of 206 patients completed a Gre...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Giannousi Z,Manaras I,Georgoulias V,Samonis G

    更新日期:2010-01-01 00:00:00

  • Psychosocial oncology care resources in Europe: a study under the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC).

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Cancer is a complex health problem requiring multidisciplinary care. There are clinical guidelines available in order to improve the process and outcomes of cancer care within Europe. However, strategic action is still needed in many European Union (EU) Member States to develop or improve national cancer con...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Travado L,Reis JC,Watson M,Borràs J

    更新日期:2017-04-01 00:00:00

  • Head and neck cancer and dysphagia; caring for carers.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:A diagnosis of head and neck cancer (HNC) is a profound event for patients and family members who play a crucial role in their care. Eating and drinking difficulties affect patients' quality of life (QOL), but the impact on the carers' QOL has not been explored. This preliminary mixed method study reports on...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Patterson JM,Rapley T,Carding PN,Wilson JA,McColl E

    更新日期:2013-08-01 00:00:00

  • The Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer (Mini-MAC) scale: construct validation with a Greek sample of breast cancer patients.

    abstract::This investigation is a Greek validation of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer (Mini-MAC) scale, an instrument derived from the MAC and designed to measure styles of coping with cancer. A sample of 225 women diagnosed with breast cancer completed this questionnaire. Statistical analyses using structural equation mod...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Anagnostopoulos F,Kolokotroni P,Spanea E,Chryssochoou M

    更新日期:2006-01-01 00:00:00

  • Effect of the partner's health and support on cancer patients' use of general practitioner care.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Cancer and its treatment often have a profound impact on patients, leading to increased health care use in the years after diagnosis. Social support is an important determinant of health care use. Partners of cancer patients may not always be able to provide all support patients need and patients may then rev...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Heins MJ,Hopman EP,Korevaar JC,Schellevis FG,Donker GA,Rijken PM

    更新日期:2016-05-01 00:00:00

  • The social impact of early psychological maturity in adolescents with cancer.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:There is a growing need to assess the long-term quality of life (QOL) of pediatric oncology patients since many children now survive their disease. This paper highlights the subjective perspectives of pediatric cancer patients and specifically explores how experiencing cancer at a young age impacts adolescent...


    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Anthony SJ,Robertson T,Selkirk E,Dix D,Klaassen RJ,Sung L,Klassen AF

    更新日期:2019-03-01 00:00:00

  • Improving the health and well-being of cancer survivors: past as prologue.

    abstract::During the past two decades, there have been a number of unsuccessful replication attempts of our finding that group psychotherapy improves cancer survival. One explanation for this failure is that the wrong phenomenon has been studied. Rather than focusing on the effects of the psychotherapeutic relationship, perhaps...




    authors: Bloom JR

    更新日期:2008-06-01 00:00:00