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FOCUS: A Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers 

FOCUS: A Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers
Chapter:
FOCUS: A Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers
Source:
Cancer Caregivers
Author(s):

Laurel Northouse

, Clayton Shuman

, Moira Visovatti

, Bonnie Dockham

, and Marita Titler

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190868567.003.0008

This chapter describes the development and testing of the FOCUS program with patient-caregiver dyads (i.e., pairs) as the unit of care. The chapter reviews studies that examined (1) the efficacy of the FOCUS program when tested in randomized clinical trials, (2) the effectiveness of the program when implemented in Cancer Support Community affiliates in three states, and (3) outcomes when translated to a tailored, web-based program. Results indicate that FOCUS consistently produced positive outcomes for cancer patients and their caregivers in these studies. The program also improved patient and caregiver outcomes when delivered to patients with different types and stages of cancer, to spousal and nonspousal family caregivers, and in various intervention doses (three-, five-, and six-session programs). The chapter concludes with plans for further implementation of FOCUS and existing dissemination activities.

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