A nurse-led psycho-education programme for Chinese carers of patients with colorectal cancer
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A nurse-led psycho-education programme for Chinese carers of patients with colorectal cancer

Nga Fan Shum Advanced practice nurse, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Yau Lin Lui Department operations manager, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Wai Lun Law Professor and chief of colorectal surgery division, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Yee Tak Daniel Fong Associate professor, School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong

Nga Fan Shum and colleagues report on a randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of telephone support in Hong Kong

Aim To evaluate the efficacy of a nurse-led, telephone, psycho-education programme in reducing depression, anxiety, stress and burden of care among carers of patients with colorectal cancer.

Method Using a randomised controlled trial, 140 carers were assigned to receive either usual care or usual care plus the nurse-led, telephone, psycho-education programme. All carers were assessed at baseline, two weeks, four weeks and eight weeks post-intervention for the primary outcome of depression as measured by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21, and for the secondary outcomes of anxiety, stress, burden of care and quality of life. The mixed effects model was used in the efficacy analysis.

Results The psycho-education programme reduced depression more for the intervention group at two weeks, and even more at four weeks. Moreover, the programme also reduced the intervention group’s anxiety and stress. Burden of care and quality of life also generally improved.

Conclusion The programme can effectively help to improve the psychological wellbeing and quality of life of Chinese carers.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 5, 31-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.5.31.e1074



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 02 February 2014

Accepted: 07 May 2014

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