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Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer

  1. Kader Parahoo1,*,
  2. Suzanne McDonough2,
  3. Eilis McCaughan1,
  4. Jane Noyes3,
  5. Cherith Semple4,
  6. Elizabeth J Halstead5,
  7. Molly M Neuberger6,
  8. Philipp Dahm6,7

Editorial Group: Cochrane Urology Group

Published Online: 24 DEC 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 1 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008529.pub3

How to Cite

Parahoo K, McDonough S, McCaughan E, Noyes J, Semple C, Halstead EJ, Neuberger MM, Dahm P. Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008529. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008529.pub3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Ulster, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Coleraine, UK

  2. 2

    University of Ulster, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, UK

  3. 3

    Bangor University, Centre for Health-Related Research, Fron Heulog, Bangor, Wales, UK

  4. 4

    South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Cancer Services, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  5. 5

    Bangor University, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

  6. 6

    University of Florida, Department of Urology, Gainesville, Florida, USA

  7. 7

    Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida, USA

*Kader Parahoo, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 24 DEC 2013



References to studies included in this review

  1. References to studies included in this review
  2. References to studies excluded from this review
  3. Additional references
Ames 2011 {published data only}
Bailey 2004 {published data only}
Berglund 2007 {published and unpublished data}
  • Berglund G, Petersson L-M, Eriksson KC, Wallenius I, Roshanai A, Nordin KM, et al. “Between men”: a psychosocial rehabilitation programme for men with prostate cancer. Acta Oncologica 2007;46(1):83-9.
Campbell 2007 {published and unpublished data}
  • Campbell LC, Keefe FJ, Scipio C, McKee DC, Edwards CL, Herman SH, et al. Facilitating research participation and improving quality of life for African American prostate cancer survivors and their intimate partners: a pilot study of telephone-based coping skills training. Cancer 2007;109(Suppl 2):414-24.
Carmack Taylor 2006 {published data only}
Chambers 2013 {published and unpublished data}
Davison 1997 {published and unpublished data}
Giesler 2005 {published data only}
Lepore 2003 {published data only}
  • Lepore SJ, Helgeson VS, Eton DT, Schulz R. Improving quality of life in men with prostate cancer: a randomized controlled trial of group education interventions. Health Psychology 2003;22(5):443-52.
Manne 2011 {published and unpublished data}
Mishel 2002 {published and unpublished data}
  • Mishel MH, Belyea M, Germino BB, Stewart JL, Bailey DE Jr, Robertson C, et al. Helping patients with localized prostate carcinoma manage uncertainty and treatment side effects: nurse-delivered psychoeducational intervention over the telephone. Cancer 2002;94(6):1854-66.
Mishel 2009 {published and unpublished data}
  • Mishel MH, Germino BB, Lin L, Pruthi RS, Wallen EM, Crandell J, et al. Managing uncertainty about treatment decision making in early stage prostate cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling 2009;77(3):349-59.
Northouse 2007 {published and unpublished data}
Parker 2009 {published and unpublished data}
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Penedo 2007 {published and unpublished data}
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Weber 2007 {published and unpublished data}
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Canada 2005 {published data only}
Davison 2007 {published data only}
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Goode 2011 {published data only}
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Green 2002 {published data only}
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Gyomber 2010 {published data only}
Hack 2007 {published data only}
Hellbom 1998 {published data only}
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Ibfelt 2011 {published data only}
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Johnson 1996 {published data only}
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Kim 2002 {published data only}
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Kornblith 2006 {published data only}
Lee 2009 {published data only}
Livingston 2010 {published data only}
Mohide 1996 {published data only}
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Morey 2009 {published data only}
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Ramachandra 2009 {published data only}
Rottmann 2011 {published data only}
Scura 2004 {published data only}
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Siddons 2013 {published data only}
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Simeit 2004 {published data only}
Stiegelis 2004 {published data only}
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