Online support groups offer low-threshold backing for family and friends of patients with prostate cancer

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Ihrig A, Renner T, Muck T, Maatz P, Borkowetz A, Keck B, Maatouk I, Wirth MP, Huber J
Journal: European Journal of Cancer Care
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 28
Journal issue: 2
ISSN: 0961-5423


Abstract

A prostate cancer diagnosis affects not only the patients but also their family and friends. We performed a secondary analysis of a survey of users of the largest German online support group (OSG) for prostate cancer. We collected socio-demographic, psychological and disease-related data over a three-month period in 2013. Among 769 participants with a complete questionnaire, 686 were patients, and 83 were family members and friends of other patients. The family and friends group comprised 33% spouses, 31% children and 36% people with other relationships to the patient ("others"). Compared to the patient group, the family and friends group showed higher scores for anxiety and depression and described a higher rate of metastatic disease in the patients with whom they had a relationship. The children of patients showed the highest psychological burden based on their scores for anxiety and depression. Only 7% of spouses and none of the children attended face-to-face support groups, compared to 70% of people in the "others" group. OSGs offer low-threshold support for family members and friends; specifically, they meet the needs of spouses and children who do not attend face-to-face support groups. To improve counselling efforts, physicians should be aware of this online resource.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Keck, Bastian PD Dr.
Medizinische Fakultät


Additional Organisation
Urologische Klinik


External institutions with authors

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Technische Universität Dresden


How to cite

APA:
Ihrig, A., Renner, T., Muck, T., Maatz, P., Borkowetz, A., Keck, B.,... Huber, J. (2019). Online support groups offer low-threshold backing for family and friends of patients with prostate cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(2). https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12982

MLA:
Ihrig, Andreas, et al. "Online support groups offer low-threshold backing for family and friends of patients with prostate cancer." European Journal of Cancer Care 28.2 (2019).

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