How does a cancer education program impact on people with cancer and their family and friends?

  • Georgina Sutherland
  • Louisa Hoey
  • Victoria White
  • Michael Jefford
  • Suzanne Hegarty
Articles

DOI: 10.1080/08858190802039177

Cite this article as:
Sutherland, G., Hoey, L., White, V. et al. J Canc Educ (2008) 23: 126. doi:10.1080/08858190802039177

Abstract

Background. In this article, we report on the effects of patient education for people with cancer in comparison to family and friends. Methods. Data are from 666 participants with cancer and 324 family and friends who completed preprogram and postprogram questionnaires. Results. Results show high levels of participant satisfaction and positive changes in measures such as illness perceptions and emotional functioning. In many cases, the pattern of change was different for people with cancer compared to family and friends. Conclusions. This education program may be useful for helping people with cancer cope with the disease, with some distinct benefits for family and friends.

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© American Association for Cancer Education 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgina Sutherland
    • 3
  • Louisa Hoey
    • 3
  • Victoria White
    • 3
  • Michael Jefford
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suzanne Hegarty
    • 1
  1. 1.Cancer Information and Support ServiceThe Cancer Council VictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health ScienceThe University of MelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Behavioural Research in CancerThe Cancer Council VictoriaCarltonAustralia

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