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6.10.15

Nuevo Amanecer: RCT of a Community-Based, Peer-Delivered Stress Management Intervention for Latinas with Breast Cancer

Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul;105 Suppl 3:e55-63. [Pubmed Abstract]

Nuevo amanecer: results of a randomized controlled trial of a community-based, peer-delivered stress management intervention to improve quality of life in Latinas with breast cancer
Nápoles AM, Ortíz C, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Gregorich S, Lee HE, Durón Y, McGuire P, Luce J

Objectives
We evaluated a community-based, translational stress management program to improve health-related quality of life in Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer.

Methods
We adapted a cognitive-behavioral stress management program integrating evidence-based and community best practices to address the needs of Latinas with breast cancer. Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer were randomly assigned to an intervention or usual-care control group. Trained peers delivered the 8-week intervention between February 2011 and February 2014. Primary outcomes were breast cancer-specific quality of life and distress, and…

2.18.15

Peer Navigation in African American Breast Cancer Survivors

Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2014 Nov 7;5:131-44. [Pubmed Abstract]

Peer Navigation in African American Breast Cancer Survivors
Mollica MA, Nemeth LS, Newman SD, Mueller M, Sterba K

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a peer navigation survivorship program for African American (AA) breast cancer survivors (BCS) and its potential effects on selected short-term outcomes according to the Quality of Life Model Applied to Cancer Survivors.

METHODS:
An AA BCS who completed treatment over 1 year prior to the study was trained as a peer navigator (PN), and then paired with AA women completing primary breast cancer treatment (n=4) for 2 months. This mixed-methods, proof of concept study utilized a convergent parallel approach to explore feasibility and investigate whether changes in scores are favorable using interviews and self-administered questionnaires.

RESULTS:
Results indicate that the PN intervention was acceptable by…

1.12.15

Online peer-led support group participation among patients with breast cancer: A longitudinal study

J Med Internet Res. 2014 Nov 28;16(11):e256. [Pubmed Abstract]

Emotional approach coping and the effects of online peer-led support group participation among patients with breast cancer: a longitudinal study
Batenburg A, Das E

Background
Previous research on the effects of online peer support on psychological well-being of patients with cancer showed mixed findings. There is a need for longitudinal studies explaining if and when online peer-led support groups are beneficial. How patients cope with emotions that come along with the cancer diagnosis might influence effectiveness of online participation. Emotional approach coping is a construct encompassing the intentional use of emotional processing and emotional expression in efforts to manage adverse circumstances.

Objective
In this longitudinal study, we hypothesize that mixed findings in previous research are partly caused by individual differences in coping with emotions, which may moderate the effects of online support…

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