Acceptability of Bibliotherapy for Patients With Cancer: A Qualitative, Descriptive Study

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Sep 1;43(5):588-94. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.588-594.


Purpose/objectives: To determine the acceptability of a self-help workbook, Mastering the Art of Coping in Good Times and Bad, for patients with cancer. .

Research approach: Descriptive, qualitative. .

Setting: Participants were recruited from the psychosocial support cancer centers of two tertiary care teaching hospitals in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. .

Participants: 18 individuals diagnosed with cancer. .

Methodologic approach: A semistructured interview guide with open-ended questions was used to gather feedback from participants about the workbook. .

Findings: 18 participants completed the interviews from which the data emerged. Two main categories were identified from the respondents' interviews regarding the acceptability of the workbook. The first category focuses on content, whereas the other focuses on recommendations. Interviewees specified the following content as most helpful.

Conclusions: Bibliotherapy gives patients access to knowledge to help them cope and engage in their own self-management. The workbook Mastering the Art of Coping in Good Times and Bad may be an acceptable means of helping them manage their stress. .

Interpretation: Bibliotherapy is not only cost-effective and easy to administer but also an acceptable minimal intervention.

Keywords: bibliotherapy; cancer; clinical practice; distress; nursing research; qualitative.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bibliotherapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quebec
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*

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