Development and evaluation of a culturally sensitive support group programme for Chinese-Australian women with breast cancer: a pilot study

C Kwok, Maria Ho

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    Abstract

    Cancer support groups are an important vehicle for providing informational and psychosocial support to cancer survivors. Studies suggest that people from minority cultures are underrepresented in cancer support groups. The aims of this study were to report the development and evaluation of a culturally sensitive support group programme for Chinese-Australian women with breast cancer and to evaluate the informational and psychosocial impact of the programme. In collaboration with a Chinese cancer support organisation, 29 women were enrolled in the programme which was evaluated by a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The results indicated that the programme was well received by the participants who suggested that the content was useful and relevant. In addition, the findings indicated that the programme, designed to be culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate, was effective in providing informational support and psychosocial support for the participants. A methodology for giving breast cancer survivors a sense of interconnectedness and thus minimising their feelings of isolation and helplessness, were also among the chief outcomes of this study. The study provided some insight into the development of supportive cancer survivorship care for women being treated for breast cancer in the Australian-Chinese community.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)795-802
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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