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Outcomes of a nurse-delivered psychosocial intervention for weight- and eating-related distress in family carers of patients with advanced cancer

Hopkinson, Jane B., Fenlon, Deborah R. and Foster, Claire L. 2013. Outcomes of a nurse-delivered psychosocial intervention for weight- and eating-related distress in family carers of patients with advanced cancer. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 19 (3) , pp. 116-123.

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Abstract

Background: International expert consensus is that psychosocial intervention is likely to help advanced cancer patients and their family carers affected by weight loss and poor appetite. Purpose: To investigate the potential for a psychosocial intervention, the Macmillan Approach to Weight and Eating (MAWE), to mitigate weight- and eating-related distress in carers of patients with advanced cancer. Method: A controlled before and after study was conducted with carers of advanced cancer patients living in the community in the South of England in 2006-7. It used mixed methods to compare carers exposed to MAWE (n=12) with a control group (n=14). Results: Weight- and eating-related distress improved in carers exposed to MAWE. Qualitative analysis found that MAWE may help carers by providing information, reassurance, and support for self-management. Conclusion: This preliminary study of MAWE suggests that it provides benefits as a supportive intervention. Further testing is warranted using a more robust experimental design.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1357-6321
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:50
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45491

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