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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165510
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
INTERVENTIONS FOR PARTNERS OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
Author(s):
Cochrane, Barbara; Marcus Lewis, Frances
Author Details:
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, USA; Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN
Abstract:
To determine appropriate directions for future research with partners of breast cancer patients by critically evaluating published intervention studies to date. Extensive previous research has documented the psychosocial distress of partners of breast cancer patients, its effect on the diagnosed patient, and the need for interventions to address these issues. However, there are few, if any, evidence-based services available for partners, with intervention research lagging far behind descriptive work. Interventions are needed that are based on empirical evidence, have high potential for improving psychosocial outcomes, and are feasible in today’s health care environment. An integrative review of the research literature in this area was undertaken, beginning with a comprehensive search of bibliographic databases covering 1966-2004. Thousands of titles were retrieved and full-text articles on interventions obtained. Only 12 intervention studies were identified that included partner outcomes. These reports were examined in depth to understand, value, and gain insights about current knowledge. Defining characteristics of each study were analyzed critically to determine methods to incorporate—-or avoid—-in future intervention work. Only four studies offered evidence of intervention efficacy. Two of these reported outcomes, specifically, in partners of breast cancer patients. None of the studies fully incorporated appropriate methods for testing intervention efficacy: randomized, controlled clinical trial designs; established theoretical and empirical foundations; adequate statistical power; clear descriptions of the target population and study sample; quality assurance monitoring; and outcome measures sensitive to partner concerns. Multi-site studies are needed to ensure adequate samples sizes. Recruitment efforts that target the diagnosed wife and her partner directly can maximize case-finding and minimize bias. Standardized intervention protocols should address documented partner concerns. Interventions delivered to individuals, not just groups or couples, are needed. Finally, both process and relevant outcomes should be measured using reliable and valid instruments. Few evidence-based programs or services focus on the partners’ experience with breast cancer. Oncology nursing research is needed that builds on the lessons learned from previous research to appropriately address the needs of this important, but underserved population.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Sponsors:
Funding Sources: Funded by the ONS Foundation through an unrestricted grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals
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.titleINTERVENTIONS FOR PARTNERS OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTSen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCochrane, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarcus Lewis, Francesen_US
dc.author.detailsBarbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, USA; Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, RN, FAANen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165510-
dc.description.abstractTo determine appropriate directions for future research with partners of breast cancer patients by critically evaluating published intervention studies to date. Extensive previous research has documented the psychosocial distress of partners of breast cancer patients, its effect on the diagnosed patient, and the need for interventions to address these issues. However, there are few, if any, evidence-based services available for partners, with intervention research lagging far behind descriptive work. Interventions are needed that are based on empirical evidence, have high potential for improving psychosocial outcomes, and are feasible in today’s health care environment. An integrative review of the research literature in this area was undertaken, beginning with a comprehensive search of bibliographic databases covering 1966-2004. Thousands of titles were retrieved and full-text articles on interventions obtained. Only 12 intervention studies were identified that included partner outcomes. These reports were examined in depth to understand, value, and gain insights about current knowledge. Defining characteristics of each study were analyzed critically to determine methods to incorporate—-or avoid—-in future intervention work. Only four studies offered evidence of intervention efficacy. Two of these reported outcomes, specifically, in partners of breast cancer patients. None of the studies fully incorporated appropriate methods for testing intervention efficacy: randomized, controlled clinical trial designs; established theoretical and empirical foundations; adequate statistical power; clear descriptions of the target population and study sample; quality assurance monitoring; and outcome measures sensitive to partner concerns. Multi-site studies are needed to ensure adequate samples sizes. Recruitment efforts that target the diagnosed wife and her partner directly can maximize case-finding and minimize bias. Standardized intervention protocols should address documented partner concerns. Interventions delivered to individuals, not just groups or couples, are needed. Finally, both process and relevant outcomes should be measured using reliable and valid instruments. Few evidence-based programs or services focus on the partners’ experience with breast cancer. Oncology nursing research is needed that builds on the lessons learned from previous research to appropriately address the needs of this important, but underserved population.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:19:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:19:56Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding Sources: Funded by the ONS Foundation through an unrestricted grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals-
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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