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Quality of life after breast cancer operation

In this project we try to determine whether a psychoeduactional intervention focusing on education, coping, progressive muscle relaxation and counseling had better short- and long-term effects compared with a support intervention among patients with primary breast cancer.

About the project

Multicenter, randomized controlled design with one pretest assessment and two-, six- and 12 months, and three and five year follow-up.

Objectives

To determine whether a psychoeduactional intervention focusing on education, coping, progressive muscle relaxation and counseling had better short- and long-term effects compared with a support intervention among patients with primary breast cancer

Outcomes

Emotional distress, coping, quality of life and return to work

Publications

Background

Numerous types of interventions have been developed to facilitate the adaptation of patients to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many studies revealed short-term (immediately after the intervention and/ or up to 6-months) beneficial effects for these interventions; however, the findings are not consistent.

Based on the work by Fawzy and Fawzy, the research group developed a similar structured PEG model that was modified to fit Norwegian patients with breast cancer. Professor Fawzy provided access to the original intervention manual 14 and acted as an adviser during the creation of a modified Norwegian version

Financing

The Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority provided funding

Cooperation

  • Oslo University Hospital
  • The Cancer Registry of Norway

Project start and finish

Completion of five year follow-up data will be in Autum 2014.

Published Feb. 4, 2014 2:49 PM - Last modified Mar. 31, 2014 11:27 AM

Participants

  • Inger Schou Bredal
  • Øivind Ekeberg
  • Asociate professor Nina Aarhus Smeby
  • Professor Dr med Rolf Kåresen
  • Dr Hans Aas, hospital in Vestfold
  • Nurse specialist Mette Amundsen, hospital in Vestfold
  • Randi Espe, Oslo University Hospital
  • Professor dr med. Fawzy I Fawzy, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Detailed list of participants