Preliminary Evaluation of Psychoeducational Support Interventions on Quality of Life in Rural Breast Cancer Survivors After Primary Treatment
Abbreviated Journal Title
Breast cancer; Cancer survivors; Psychoeducational support; interventions; Quality of life; Rural; SCREENING PRACTICES; WESTERN-AUSTRALIA; SOCIAL SUPPORT; NORTH-CAROLINA; UNITED-STATES; WOMEN; CARE; COMMUNITIES; POPULATION; DISTANCE; Oncology; Nursing
Although most cancer survivors are at risk for being lost in the transition from treatment to survivorship, rural breast cancer survivors face special challenges that might place them at particular risk. This small-scale preliminary study had 2 specific aims: (aim 1) establish the feasibility of rural breast cancer survivors participation In a longitudinal quality of life (QOL) intervention trial and (aim 2) determine the effects of the Breast Cancer Education Intervention (BCEI) on overall QOL. Fifty-three rural breast cancer survivors were randomized to either an experimental (n = 27) or a wait-control arm (n = 26). Participants in the experimental arm received the BCEI consisting of 3 face-to-face education and support sessions and 2 face-to-face and 3 telephone follow-up sessions, along with supplemental written and audiotape materials over a 6-month period. Breast Cancer Education Intervention modules and interventions are organized within a QOL framework. To address the possible effects of attention, wait-control participants received 3 face-to-face sessions and 3 telephone sessions during the first 6 months of participation in the study, but not the BCEI intervention. Research questions addressing aim 1 were as follows: (a) can rural breast cancer survivors be recruited into a longitudinal intervention trial, and (b) can their participation be retained. Research questions for aim 2 were as follows: (a) do participants who received the BCEI show improvement in overall QOL, and (b) is the QOL improvement sustained over time. Data were analyzed using repeated-measures
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