Development of a Cancer Self-management Education Programme for Women with Breast Cancer at the End of Primary Treatment

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Breast cancer survivors have specific healthcare needs. As a result of their disease and treatment, they have to adapt to different physical and psychosocial late effects. Unfortunately, several studies have documented insufficiency in the survivorship healthcare system. The aim of this paper was to describe the process of development and testing of a novel Cancer Self-management Education programme (CSME programme) to improve patient-reported self-management and self-efficacy for patients with breast cancer who were at the end of primary treatment. The development of the educational programme was inspired by the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) circle and based on person-centred principles. It was conducted at a Danish university hospital. Nine oncology healthcare providers, two external experts in patient education and five patients were involved in the development and testing of the education programme. Implementation of dialogue-based tools was used as an educational learning instrument in the SCME programme. The PDSA approach to the development of the CSME programme resulted in a person-centred programme that could improve self-management and self-efficacy in the survivorship phase of patients with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Pages (from-to)882-889
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

    Research areas

  • Breast neoplasms, Educator training, Empowerment, Information, Learning, Patient education, Self-efficacy, Self-management, Survivors

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