ProsCan for Couples: a feasibility study for evaluating peer support within a controlled research design
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 475–479, February 2013
How to Cite
Chambers, S. K., Schover, L., Halford, K., Ferguson, M., Gardiner, R., Occhipinti, S. and Dunn, J. (2013), ProsCan for Couples: a feasibility study for evaluating peer support within a controlled research design. Psycho-Oncology, 22: 475–479. doi: 10.1002/pon.2110
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 9 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2011
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Andrology Australia
- prostate cancer;
- peer support;
- couples intervention;
- psychosocial adjustment
The present study assessed the feasibility of delivering peer support for couples coping with prostate cancer within a trial design.
Ten peer volunteers completed training in research protocols and delivering tele-based couples support to men with prostate cancer and their partners. Twenty couples received an eight session intervention and were assessed before surgery and 3 and 6 months subsequently for adjustment outcomes. A focus group investigated the peers' experiences.
Peers were motivated by altruism, a belief in research, and reported personal growth. The research protocol at times conflicted with lay models of helping, and the focus on sexuality and couples was challenging. Distress decreased over time but more so for partners; unmet sexuality needs did not improve.
Peer support appears promising as a model to support couples facing prostate cancer. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.