Information and support for co-survivors during or after cancer treatment: Consideration of un Abrazo Para la Familia as a model for family-focused intervention in cancer rehabilitation

Catherine A. Marshall, Melissa A. Curran, Susan Silverberg Koerner, Karen L. Weihs, Amy C. Hickman, Francisco A.R. García

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Abstract

Objective: The development and evaluation of Un Abrazo Para La Familia, [A Hug for the Family] is described. Un Abrazo is discussed as an effective model of education, information-sharing, and skill-building for use with low-income co-survivors of cancer. Participants: Sixty co-survivors participated. The majority were women and all reported being Hispanic. Methods: Using quantitative data (N=60), the needs, concerns, and characteristics of the co-survivor population served through Un Abrazo are presented. Further, we offer three qualitative case studies (with one co-survivor, one survivor, and one non-participant) to illustrate the model and its impact. Results: The median level of education level of co-survivors was 12 years. The majority were unemployed and/or identified as homemakers, and indicated receipt of services indicating low-income status. Half reported not having health insurance. The top four cancer-related needs or concerns were: Information, Concern for another person, Cost/health insurance, and Fears. Conclusions: Recognizing the centrality of the family in addressing cancer allows for a wider view of the disease and the needs that arise during and after treatment. Key rehabilitation strategies appropriate for intervening with co-survivors of cancer include assessing and building upon strengths and abilities and making culturally-respectful cancer-related information and support accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-405
Number of pages11
JournalWork
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Low-income
  • education
  • psychosocial
  • qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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