[Which tumor patients profit from interdisciplinary psychoeducation in the framework of a tumor therapy?]

Z Psychosom Med Psychother. 2007;53(4):324-38.
[Article in German]


Objectives: In the following study we investigate which patients gained most by attending 10 psychoeducational lessons on cancer-related topics.

Methods: A total of N=294 cancer patients participated in the prospective study and were assigned either to the intervention group (IG; N=160) or to the control group (CG; N=134). Psychometric data was collected at the beginning of the course (t0) as well as two (t1) and four months later (t2)

Results: We found a significant decrease in anxiety after two months in the intervention group. The intervention group also was significantly more satisfied with care after two and four months. Particularly the patients with a higher education level and patients suffering from malignancies with a more protracted course such as lymphoma or colon cancer improved by attending the lessons. Breast cancer and female sex turned out to be predictors for the search for information.

Conclusion: Ten sessions of psychoeducation in the context of interdisciplinary cancer therapy can be an effective intervention at moderate cost.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Colonic Neoplasms / psychology
  • Colonic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma / psychology
  • Lymphoma / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prospective Studies
  • Self Efficacy
  • Sick Role*