Coping with Lung Cancer: Support Group for Patients Following Thoracic Surgery

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156445
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Coping with Lung Cancer: Support Group for Patients Following Thoracic Surgery
Abstract:
Coping with Lung Cancer: Support Group for Patients Following Thoracic Surgery
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Kaufman, Galit, RN, MA
P.I. Institution Name:Sheba Medical Center
Title:Head Nurse
Co-Authors:Hanna Zur, RN, BA; Dania Weber, BA; Ateret Malachy, MA
Background: Lung cancer is a complex chronic disease with mortality reaching 50% of patients within 6 months of diagnosis. The unique needs of these patients involve both support and information. In the thoracic surgery ward of a major medical center, an intervention program was constructed which is individual and group oriented. The program includes personal counseling during hospitalization and a support group following discharge. Aims: Improvement of patients' quality of life, strengthening coping capacities, facilitating adjustment to illness and formation of a support-providing framework. Method:  The group included 7 participants meeting at weekly sessions - 1.5 hours each. Counseling was provided by a specially trained registered nurse and social worker. Sessions were documented and analyzed according to qualitative research management. Results: Main issues of the group regard the need for information, changes in smoking habits, couple relations, coping, adjustment to illness, loss, fear and death. The patients revealed a strong need for information on issues related to diagnosis, recovery and community support systems. Smoking represented an entire meaningful sphere. Significant ambivalence was expressed regarding cessation of smoking. The state of being ill introduced considerable tension in relations. Several patterns of coping were observed: egocentricity, humor, outbursts of anger and tears, as well as living the day. Uncertainty was reported as the hardest challenge.  Summary: The need to create a support group was recognized during staff?s daily coping with patients and their families. The support group contributed to  patients? coping capacities. Nurse-patient relationship was reinforced as well as   nursing empowerment.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCoping with Lung Cancer: Support Group for Patients Following Thoracic Surgeryen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156445-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Coping with Lung Cancer: Support Group for Patients Following Thoracic Surgery</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kaufman, Galit, RN, MA</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Sheba Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Head Nurse</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">galitka@sheba.health.gov.il</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Hanna Zur, RN, BA; Dania Weber, BA; Ateret Malachy, MA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Lung cancer is a complex chronic disease with mortality reaching 50% of patients within 6 months of diagnosis. The unique needs of these patients involve both support and information. In the thoracic surgery ward of a major medical center, an intervention program was constructed which is individual and group oriented. The program includes personal counseling during hospitalization and a support group following discharge. Aims: Improvement of patients' quality of life, strengthening coping capacities, facilitating adjustment to illness and formation of a support-providing framework. Method: &nbsp;The group included 7 participants meeting at weekly sessions - 1.5 hours each. Counseling was provided by a specially trained registered nurse and social worker. Sessions were documented and analyzed according to qualitative research management. Results: Main issues of the group regard the need for information, changes in smoking habits, couple relations, coping, adjustment to illness, loss, fear and death. The patients revealed a strong need for information on issues related to diagnosis, recovery and community support systems. Smoking represented an entire meaningful sphere. Significant ambivalence was expressed regarding cessation of smoking. The state of being ill introduced considerable tension in relations. Several patterns of coping were observed: egocentricity, humor, outbursts of anger and tears, as well as living the day. Uncertainty was reported as the hardest challenge.&nbsp; Summary: The need to create a support group was recognized during staff?s daily coping with patients and their families. The support group contributed to &nbsp;patients? coping capacities. Nurse-patient relationship was reinforced as well as &nbsp;&nbsp;nursing empowerment.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:47:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:47:26Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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