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Family counseling improves lives of patients and spouses coping with prostate cancer
Date:11/11/2007

the intervention group received three 90-minute sessions at home and two follow-up telephone sessions over a four-month period. Couples were then assessed before treatment and every four months for one year.

Spouses in the intervention arm reported the most benefits and most sustained improvements that improved spouses appraisal of the caregiving experience, increased their ability to cope, and enhanced their physical and mental quality of life. For example, spouses in the intervention arm reported significantly better mental health by the fourth month and significantly improved physical quality of life by the eighth month.

Based on their findings, Dr. Northouse and co-authors conclude that by employing a structured and systematic program conducted jointly with patients and spouses, clinicians can help both to gain information and obtain support, which reduces their uncertainty and facilitates communication about the illness. At a minimum, they conclude, clinicians need to recognize that spouses are affected by the cancer and to treat them as co-recipients of care.


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