Accession Number : ADA299274

Title :   An Evaluation of a Peer Support Program to Improve Quality of Life with Breast Cancer.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Jul 94-30 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : KAISER FOUNDATION RESEARCH INST OAKLAND CA

Personal Author(s) : Somkin, Carol P.

PDF Url : ADA299274

Report Date : 28 JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The study will develop, implement and evaluate a volunteer peer support program for women with breast cancer which augments and complements the American Cancer Sodety's Reach to Recovery Program. Our aim is to determine whether it is worthwhile to provide a comprehensive, organizationally-specific, peer support program to women beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing for up to one year. Participants will be paired with a trained breast cancer survivor, or "buddy," who will provide her, beginning at diagnosis, with ongoing peer support in addition to specific information and skills to help her navigate the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. Volunteers will receive the standard Reach to Recovery training, in addition to a two-day training which will train them to become breast cancer advocates. The first year has been devoted to planning and laying the groundwork for implementation of the peer support program. Activities have included: (1) hiring project staff; (2) developing both the intervention and the volunteer training; (3) forging relationships with providers and staff in the study medical centers; (4) recruiting volunteers; (5) coordinating with the American Cancer Society staff; (6) developing subject recruitment procedures; and (7) developing the questionnaires.

Descriptors :   *DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE), *MEDICAL SERVICES, *SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL), *LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, *QUESTIONNAIRES, *CANCER, *LIVING STANDARDS, *MAMMARY GLANDS, RECOVERY, TRAINING, VOLUNTEERS, RECRUITING, FORGING, MEDICINE, QUALITY, PATIENTS, WOMEN.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Administration and Management
      Life Support Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE