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Self management and cancer

Foster, Claire, Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID:, Hill, H. and Wright, D. 2006. Self management and cancer. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society 14 (1) , p. 23.

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Background: The aim of this systematic review is to investigate self-management of people affected by cancer. There is clear interest in and emphasis on patient self-management in the UK. New policy from the Department of Health is encouraging a move towards partnership between health professionals and patients evidenced by the piloting of the Expert Patient Programme for patients living with chronic conditions. The central message of this Programme is that having an active role in managing one’s own chronic condition enhances quality of life. Methods: Searches were conducted using BIDS, BNI,, CINAHL, Medline, Psychinfo, and Web of Science. Papers were selected on the basis of pre-defined eligibility criteria and rated by three independent coders. Key information was extracted to data sheets. Findings: 37 studies met the eligibility criteria. Three studies were conducted in the UK. Most studies included heterogeneous groups of patients: at various stages, with different cancers and broad age groups. Within this body of work selfmanagement is poorly defined and few studies specifically explored what patients do to help themselves, what enables patients to act for themselves, and how this can be supported. Discussion: There is currently insufficient evidence to determine how to support self-management of people affected by cancer. Further work is needed to establish a strong evidence base informed by appropriate theory. Findings from this review are clearly of relevance to health psychology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Additional Information: Abstract from: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, University of Coventry, 7–9 September 2005.
Publisher: British Psychological Society
ISSN: 1350-472X
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:01

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