Cancer support groups: a critical review of empirical studies.

  title={Cancer support groups: a critical review of empirical studies.},
  author={Benjamin H. Gottlieb and Elizabeth D Wachala},
  volume={16 5},
Support groups for adults affected by cancer are widely offered by local community and national agencies in North America. This type of psychosocial intervention is defined in terms of its structure and functions, and its theoretical underpinnings and models of practice are described. Forty-four empirical studies of professionally led cancer support groups are summarized and critically reviewed. These studies include 32 outcome evaluations of randomized controlled trials, two process… CONTINUE READING

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