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[Visits to cancer patients in hospital by members of cancer self-help groups in the context of visit programmes - process and outome indicators].

Authors
  • Slesina, W
  • Rennert, D
  • Weber, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband der Ärzte des Öffentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes (Germany))
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2014
Volume
76
Issue
12
Pages
847–855
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1366984
PMID: 24639389
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The majority of patients rated the appearance and behaviour of the visitors in regard to several parameters as very positive. Thus, most patients found the conversation to be useful for their mental status and situation by reducing fears, building hope, courage, confidence, and the resulting suggestions for coping. However, disease-related stress, depression and health locus of control were found at 3 months after hospital discharge (T2) for the characteristics in patients with no evidence of a positive/salutogenetic effect of the visitor's conversation. The results of the study indicate that the opportunity to talk with members of self-help groups was considered helpful by cancer patients and should be offered in the future. A medium-term effect concerning the health outcome could not yet be demonstrated in this study. Further research projects on the importance of self-help groups in health-care research are necessary.

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