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The effect of psychosocial intervention for cancer patient -carer dyads on symptom experience: a systematic review

Hopkinson, Jane ORCID:, Okamoto, I. and Addlington-Hall, J. 2010. The effect of psychosocial intervention for cancer patient -carer dyads on symptom experience: a systematic review. Palliative Medicine 24 (4) , S36. 10.1177/0269216310366390

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Background: Up to 80% of people with cancer experience involuntary weight loss and difficulty eating. These symptoms of cancer cachexia syndrome can be experienced as distressing by both patients and their carers. The most effective way of managing weight- and eating-related distress is yet to be established. Aims: To report the first systematic review of the effect on symptom experience of psychosocial interventions offered to cancer patient-carer dyads. Methods: Searches were conducted of MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO and CINAHL databases, for studies of experimental design testing non-pharmacological interventions for patient-carer dyads experiencing cancer related problems. Limits were English language; 1998 to 9/2008; adults. 1534 abstracts were assessed against inclusion/exclusion criteria using a process involving two reviewers. Sixty publications were selected for full-text examination and 30 included in the review. Information relevant to the review question was extracted, quality assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias, and presented as a narrative synthesis. Results: The 30 reviewed studies investigated patient and carer outcomes from interventions focused on i/ patients, ii/ carers, iii/ models of service delivery, iv/ couples. Generally, when a clearly defined non-pharmacological intervention was tested a beneficial effect was found. Few couple-focused interventions have been tested empirically. In two of the three studies that compared a couple with individual focused intervention, the couple focus was found superior (no effect was found in the third, lower quality, study). Conclusion: Couple based psychosocial interventions may have benefit for cancer patient-carer dyads. Further investigation is warranted of couple focused intervention for patient-carer dyads living with weight-and eating-related distress.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Additional Information: EAPC 2010 Abstracts: Oral, Plenaries and Invited Lectures. Abstract number: 106. Abstract type: Oral
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-2163
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:01

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