Coping with breast cancer: research into the value and impact of the provision of psychosocial support for breast cancer patients

01 September 2008 → 30 April 2011
Funding by bilateral agreement (private and foundations)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Public health care
    • Public health sciences
    • Public health services
breast cancer patient
Project description

The funding VLK bottom-up initiatives for the psychosocial support of cancer patients creates a situation that offers very good opportunities to examine which forms of psychosocial care cancer patients value most. The bottom-up strategy, after all, has a variety of initiatives for a result that allows patients to be operated which are similar to a large extent. What psychosocial care cancer patients value most is not known. There are a number of avenues that are important, and that this proposed research may shed further light. Certainly not all cancer patients will receive prefer formal psychological help. Earlier research has shown that some people want to avoid the help of a psychologist (or social worker). The reason is probably that they help put their aid indigence in the paint while they just seek to "normal life" again to pick up and take control of it is extremely important to himself again. Himself rise from the chaos in which they have fallen by the disease, is obviously very important, and that it "therapy" is part of a psychologist not. How big the group course of their treatment, and their psychological and social problems in passing be discussed. They may try to get out the car itself; if it fails, there is the breast nurse, who can if they have to arrange contact with the psychologist. Incidentally, it appears in the study of Ronse (albeit with a limited sample) that when the patient is in the hospital, the threshold to the psycholooh is smaller. From the (also limited) qualitative research participants to Eureka similar picture: the participants are very valuable psychosocial support (by psychologists Data transfer), but would have been reluctant to participate if there was gravity. The exercise also shows that psychosocial support more the character of "encore".