Hands for Hope: Development and Implementation of a Support Group for Patients Experiencing "Chemo-Brain"

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164782
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Hands for Hope: Development and Implementation of a Support Group for Patients Experiencing "Chemo-Brain"
Author(s):
Myers, Jamie; Sloma, Michele
Author Details:
Jamie Myers, RN, MN, AOCN, Doctoral student, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, email: jamyers@swbell.net; Michele Sloma, MSN, RN, Florida
Abstract:
Education: Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment ("chemo-brain" in lay terms) is estimated to occur in up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy. Few nursing assessment tools, patient/family educational materials, and interventions are available although cognitive changes have a significant impact on quality of life. Support groups have been shown to be one effective strategy for enhancing patient education, validating experiences, and modeling coping methods for patients experiencing serious illness. The goal was to develop and implement a support group specifically for patients experiencing "chemo-brain." Development of a support group specific to one significant treatment sequela may maximize the shared experience important to group cohesion and value. The Hands for Hope "Chemo Brain" Support Group was initiated in June of 2008. A local hospital was selected as the meeting venue. Meetings are publicized in the hospital newsletter. Hospital social workers, local oncologists, and group members provide referrals. Members receive a welcome packet including a needs assessment, demographic survey, group mission statement, and guidelines for participation. Meetings are held monthly and facilitated by an advanced practice nurse. Guest speakers are invited every other month to provide presentations on related topics. Speakers have included: neuropsychologists, neurologists, disability specialists, speech therapists, and pharmacotherapists. A literature library is available to members upon request. Membership has grown from 4 to 15 in 5 months. Members acknowledge that participation validates their experiences and helps them to feel they are not alone. Members describe value in being able to share their feelings with people who understand the challenges to quality of life. This support group may serve as a model for the implementation of like groups across the country. Group start-up materials are available free of charge to interested facilitators. Oncology nurses and oncology social workers are in key roles to assess communities for an unmet need and interest, raise community awareness, and provide group facilitation.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This 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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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHands for Hope: Development and Implementation of a Support Group for Patients Experiencing "Chemo-Brain"en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMyers, Jamieen_US
dc.contributor.authorSloma, Micheleen_US
dc.author.detailsJamie Myers, RN, MN, AOCN, Doctoral student, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, email: jamyers@swbell.net; Michele Sloma, MSN, RN, Floridaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164782-
dc.description.abstractEducation: Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment ("chemo-brain" in lay terms) is estimated to occur in up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy. Few nursing assessment tools, patient/family educational materials, and interventions are available although cognitive changes have a significant impact on quality of life. Support groups have been shown to be one effective strategy for enhancing patient education, validating experiences, and modeling coping methods for patients experiencing serious illness. The goal was to develop and implement a support group specifically for patients experiencing "chemo-brain." Development of a support group specific to one significant treatment sequela may maximize the shared experience important to group cohesion and value. The Hands for Hope "Chemo Brain" Support Group was initiated in June of 2008. A local hospital was selected as the meeting venue. Meetings are publicized in the hospital newsletter. Hospital social workers, local oncologists, and group members provide referrals. Members receive a welcome packet including a needs assessment, demographic survey, group mission statement, and guidelines for participation. Meetings are held monthly and facilitated by an advanced practice nurse. Guest speakers are invited every other month to provide presentations on related topics. Speakers have included: neuropsychologists, neurologists, disability specialists, speech therapists, and pharmacotherapists. A literature library is available to members upon request. Membership has grown from 4 to 15 in 5 months. Members acknowledge that participation validates their experiences and helps them to feel they are not alone. Members describe value in being able to share their feelings with people who understand the challenges to quality of life. This support group may serve as a model for the implementation of like groups across the country. Group start-up materials are available free of charge to interested facilitators. Oncology nurses and oncology social workers are in key roles to assess communities for an unmet need and interest, raise community awareness, and provide group facilitation.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:06:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:06:54Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, 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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