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Psychosociale Interventies: Behoeften en wensen van partners van patiënten met kanker

Triphaus, C. (2013) Psychosociale Interventies: Behoeften en wensen van partners van patiënten met kanker.

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Abstract:Background: The prevalence of cancer in the Netherlands is growing. Next to the patient is the patient’s partner fighting with the situation. The burden of a seriously ill partner makes them suffer under physical and emotional ailments. An important thing for partners of cancer patients is the access to valid information. For this, the internet could be a solution. It is not known in what extend partners of cancer patients make use of it in the Netherlands, to what extent characteristics of the partner influences this, weather they have a need for online help programs and how they want it to look like. Method: To give answers to the research questions a questionnaire was put to use. This questionnaire was mostly used in the Medisch Spectrum Twente in Oldenzaal and Enschede. 49 participants were found. The questionnaire is descriptive and can be grouped into a couple of different themes, including personal characteristics, characteristics about the illness, internet usage, needs and wishes about psychosocial interventions and online treatment for partners of cancer patients. The Dutch version of the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale and the Caregiver Strain Index were also used. Results: Participants of this study where mostly older men married to women with breast cancer (57%). Mostly they used the internet to gather information. They want more information but have no need of contact to peers or caregivers. They didn’t have an opinion about online interventions (63%), but would maybe use it in the future (54%). If they take part in an online intervention they don’t want to spent too much time a week on it (less than 30 minutes) but want to make use of it for a longer period of time (longer than 6 weeks). Topics they want to receive help include topics about communication with the partner and kids and the life with and dealing with cancer. Conclusion: Participants put the main focus on information. Other parts of online intervention are scarcely used. But there is a slight interest in self-help via internet. If the knowledge about internet intervention would be spread more in the population it could be of benefit for patients.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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