Effects of a modified group intervention with early-stage breast cancer patients

Citation
T. Hosaka et al., Effects of a modified group intervention with early-stage breast cancer patients, GEN HOSP PS, 23(3), 2001, pp. 145-151
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psychiatry,"Clinical Psycology & Psychiatry
Journal title
GENERAL HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRY
ISSN journal
0163-8343 → ACNP
Volume
23
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
145 - 151
Database
ISI
SICI code
0163-8343(200105/06)23:3<145:EOAMGI>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical effectiveness of a ps ychiatric intervention program consisting of 5 weekly structured interventi ons and 3 additional group meetings every two months. Previous studies reve aled that a 5 weekly structured intervention program was effective for alle viating psychological discomforts in Japanese breast cancer patients, and t hat the effectiveness persisted for 6 months for patients without lymph nod e metastasis or adjustment disorders. Since this 5-session intervention did not have persistent effects in patients with lymph node metastasis and/or adjustment disorders, 3 additional group meetings every two months were add ed after completion of the 5 weekly structured interventions. A total of 43 breast cancer patients completed the full program. The Profile of Mood Sta tes (POMS) scores were compared before, immediately after 5 sessions, immed iately after the 3 additional interventions, and 6 months after all program s. As analyzed by POMS scores, the clinical effectiveness of a structured g roup intervention program persisted for 6 months for patients even with nod al metastases and/or adjustment disorders. These findings;of the present st udy suggested that the 5 weekly intervention program was sufficient for pat ients without lymph node metastasis or adjustment disorders. In contrast, t his intervention program alone was insufficient for patients with nodal met astases and/or adjustment disorders. For them, a new psychiatric interventi on program consisting of 5 weekly structured interventions and 3 additional group meetings every two months were effective and sufficient. (C) 2001 El sevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.