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Education and counselling group intervention for women treated for gynaecological cancer: does it help?
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PMID:  23317287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: Women who have been through gynaecological cancer, experience challenges on many levels after diagnosis and treatment. Studies show that, in order to help women in their rehabilitation process, there is a need for holistic care and follow-up. AIM: The aim of this qualitative study is to provide insight into women's own lived experiences of participating in an education and counselling group intervention after curative treatment for gynaecological cancer. METHOD: A qualitative study based on data from three focus groups with 17 women who had participated in a nurse-led education and counselling group intervention after treatment for gynaecological cancer. RESULTS: The main findings show that participation in the rehabilitation group was described as a special community of mutual understanding and belonging. Education and the sharing of knowledge provided a clearer vocabulary for, and understanding of, the women's own lived experiences. The presence of dedicated and professional care workers was reported to be essential for the outcome of the group intervention. CONCLUSION: Attending a nurse-led education and counselling group intervention had a positive impact on various aspects of the women's lived experiences. The programme also provided professionals with important insights into the patients' views and feelings regarding cancer treatment, trajectories and rehabilitation. This knowledge has already proven itself useful in clinical practice for improving staff communication skills and psycho-social support related to gynaecological cancer care.
Authors:
Ragnhild Johanne Tveit Sekse; Gunnhild Blaaka; Ingjerd Buestad; Ellen Tengesdal; Anita Paulsen; Margrethe Vika
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-6712     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 The Authors Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences © 2013 Nordic College of Caring Science.
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.
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