A psychooncology intervention for newly diagnosed cancer patients in a hospital outpatient clinic

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael E. Wells (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
J. Scott Hinkle

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to reduce anxiety and distress of newly diagnosed cancer patients with a brief, one-time orientation program at an outpatient Hemotology/Oncology clinic. Patients were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. The intervention group received a preparatory/ orientation presentation which consisted of a clinic tour, general information (a summary of clinic procedures, various roles of the medical team, and facts about the psychosocial support service), and the opportunity for a question and answer period with a counselor experienced in oncology services. Situational anxiety (state-anxiety) and distress were not significantly different for the two groups when measured at the initial clinic visit. However, both situational anxiety and distress significantly decreased for patients in the treatment group after 7 to 14 days and increased for patients in the control group after the same period of time.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Cancer $x Patients $x Psychology
Cancer $x Psychological aspects

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