European Journal of Breast Health
Original Article

After the Psychoeducational Intervention: Turkish Breast Cancer Survivors’ Experiences

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Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey

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Department of Nursing, Üsküdar University Faculty of Health, İstanbul, Turkey

Eur J Breast Health 2019; 15: 37-42
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2018.4255
Read: 1625 Downloads: 185 Published: 24 July 2019

Abstract

 

Objective: To explore breast cancer survivors’ life experiences and perceptions about participating in a psychoeducational intervention that aimed at reducing psychological distress and in improvement of the quality of life.

 

Materials and Methods: This study was a post-trial qualitative descriptive study. Data were collected at semi-structured interviews three months after the psychoeducational intervention. Interviews were conducted with 32 Turkish breast cancer survivors. Obtained data were analyzed with inductive content analysis.

 

Results: The data were categorized into three themes: personal growth, unmet needs and recommendations about the quality of the psychoeducation. Survivors explained that they had positive changes in their self-concept, view of life and relationships after the psychoeducational intervention. In addition, they mentioned the unmet needs to join support groups and raise public awareness to decrease stigma over breast cancer patients in the society.

 

Conclusion: The results of the present study provide new insights into experiences of breast cancer survivors who participated a psychoeducational intervention and provide guidance for attempts to improve survivorship care via psychoeducation to professionals. Psychoeducational interventions should be continuously offered to provide psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors. Future research into psychoeducation for breast cancer survivors should be restructured to involve social support.

 

Cite this article as: Şengün İnan F, Üstün B. After the Psychoeducational Intervention: Turkish Breast Cancer Survivors’ Experiences. Eur J Breast Health 2018; 15(1): 37-42.

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