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Br J Nurs. 2016 Feb 25-Mar 9;25(4):S25-30. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.4.S25.

Reducing psychological distress in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Lecturer, Maternity and Women's Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia.
Principal Lecturer, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Senior Lecturer, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.


Psychological distress is a common problem among patients with cancer, yet it mostly goes unreported and untreated. This study examined the association of a psycho-educational intervention with the psychological distress levels of breast cancer and cervical cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The design of the study was quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design with a comparison group. One hundred patients at a cancer hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, completed Distress Thermometer screening before and after chemotherapy. Fifty patients in the intervention group were given a psycho-educational video with positive reappraisal, education and relaxation contents, while receiving chemotherapy. Patients who received the psycho-educational intervention had significantly lower distress levels compared with those in the control group. Routine distress screening, followed by distress management and outcome assessment, is needed to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients.


Breast cancer; Cervical cancer; Chemotherapy; Distress; Psycho-educational

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