The Development of a Support Group for African-American Patients and Hispanic/Latino Patients With Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164634
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Development of a Support Group for African-American Patients and Hispanic/Latino Patients With Cancer
Author(s):
Davis, Beryl
Author Details:
Beryl Davis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract:
Background/Rationale: Support groups help patients and family members by providing the opportunity to increase the patient's social network, discover solutions to common problems, and change perception of self and environment. Very little has been found in the literature about support groups for minority patients. Minority patients at our institute felt there would be a higher level of comfort in support groups with other patients of the same ethnic background. Program/Intervention: Development of our support groups for two specific patient populations, African-American and Hispanic/Latino, included a needs assessment survey and focus groups. The survey, administered to a random sample of our patients from the two populations of interest, included a short description of a support group followed by four open-ended questions about format, time, and preference. Two focus groups for each population targeted specific interests and needs of the ethnic population. Interpretation/Discussion: The cancer experience for the patient and family cannot be understood as an objective event separated from its cultural content. Seeking order to the chaos imposed by a cancer diagnosis and the likely changes in one's lifestyle comes from an understanding of the cause and meaning of one's cancer. The patient population is changing at our institution with a growing number of minority patients. In order to give excellent cancer care to our minority patients we must know their needs. This program will allow us to collaborate with patients of color to help them find an understanding and meaning of their cancers within the patients' cultural context. This is true compassion and a critical component of oncology nursing.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Development of a Support Group for African-American Patients and Hispanic/Latino Patients With Canceren_GB
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Berylen_US
dc.author.detailsBeryl Davis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164634-
dc.description.abstractBackground/Rationale: Support groups help patients and family members by providing the opportunity to increase the patient's social network, discover solutions to common problems, and change perception of self and environment. Very little has been found in the literature about support groups for minority patients. Minority patients at our institute felt there would be a higher level of comfort in support groups with other patients of the same ethnic background. Program/Intervention: Development of our support groups for two specific patient populations, African-American and Hispanic/Latino, included a needs assessment survey and focus groups. The survey, administered to a random sample of our patients from the two populations of interest, included a short description of a support group followed by four open-ended questions about format, time, and preference. Two focus groups for each population targeted specific interests and needs of the ethnic population. Interpretation/Discussion: The cancer experience for the patient and family cannot be understood as an objective event separated from its cultural content. Seeking order to the chaos imposed by a cancer diagnosis and the likely changes in one's lifestyle comes from an understanding of the cause and meaning of one's cancer. The patient population is changing at our institution with a growing number of minority patients. In order to give excellent cancer care to our minority patients we must know their needs. This program will allow us to collaborate with patients of color to help them find an understanding and meaning of their cancers within the patients' cultural context. This is true compassion and a critical component of oncology nursing.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:04:15Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:04:15Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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