ProsCan for couples: a feasibility study for evaluating peer support within a controlled research design

Chambers, Suzanne K. and Schover, Leslie and Halford, Kim and Ferguson, Megan and Gardiner, R. A. and Occhipinti, Stefano and Dunn, Jeff ORCID: (2011) ProsCan for couples: a feasibility study for evaluating peer support within a controlled research design. Psycho-Oncology, 22 (2). pp. 475-479. ISSN 1057-9249


Background The present study assessed the feasibility of delivering peer support for couples coping with prostate cancer within a trial design. Methods/Design Ten peer volunteers completed training in research protocols and delivering tele-based couples support to men with prostate cancer and their partners. Twenty couples received an eight session intervention and were assessed before surgery and 3 and 6 months subsequently for adjustment outcomes. A focus group investigated the peers' experiences. Results Peers were motivated by altruism, a belief in research, and reported personal growth. The research protocol at times conflicted with lay models of helping, and the focus on sexuality and couples was challenging. Distress decreased over time but more so for partners; unmet sexuality needs did not improve. Conclusion Peer support appears promising as a model to support couples facing prostate cancer.

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Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 05:03
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Uncontrolled Keywords: couples intervention; peer support; prostate cancer; psychosocial adjustment; sexuality; Cancer; Urology and Nephrology;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321199 Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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