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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2002 Nov-Dec;29(10):1411-9.

A family-based program of care for women with recurrent breast cancer and their family members.

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School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. lnortho@umich.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the FOCUS Program (family involvement, optimistic attitude, coping effectiveness, uncertainty reduction, and symptom management), a family-based program of care for women with recurrent breast cancer and their family caregivers.

DATA SOURCES:

Randomized clinical trial.

SETTING:

Midwest region of the United States.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

The family-based program of care consisted of five components: family involvement, optimistic attitude, coping effectiveness, uncertainty reduction, and symptom management. The program was delivered in three home visits and two follow-up phone calls over a five-month period of time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients with recurrent breast cancer and their family members reported high satisfaction with the FOCUS Program. Although the FOCUS Program had a number of strengths, limitations of the program also were identified that need to be addressed in future family-based interventions.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

A need exists for family-based programs of care that enable both patients and their family members to manage the multiple demands associated with recurrent breast cancer.

PMID:
12432412
DOI:
10.1188/02.ONF.1411-1419
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