The Effects of a Comprehensive Coping Strategy on Clinical Outcomes in Breast Cancer Bone Marrow Transplant Patients and their Primary Caregivers.
Annual rept. 1 Sep 94-31 Aug 95,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD
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The purpose of this 4-year study is to determine the effects of a comprehensive coping strategy program CCSP on clinical outcomes and quality of life in breast cancer patients and their caregivers. Because data have been collected for 6 months at the time of this report, preliminary findings are presented. The purpose of this 6 months study was to compare descriptions of pain, psychological distress, fatigue, and perceived health status and burden of care in breast cancer patients and their primary caregivers POGs who received ABMT and participated in a CCSP and ABMT breast cancer patients and their POGs who did not receive the CCSP. A randomized controlled clinical trial design was used with 20 patients and their primary caregivers FOGs participating in the study 6 in the treatment group and 14 in the control group. Data were collected 35 days baseline and two days before the ABMT after high dose chemotherapy had been given. The CCSP intervention was given to the treatment group 14 days before the ABMT. The results showed trends that support the use of the CCSP in the reduction of pain and anxiety. The CCSP group increased their ability to control pain and use of positive coping strategies.
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