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Virtual Group Therapy Within a Shared Medical Appointment: Innovative Care Delivery in Behavioral Oncology

Katherine Halloway

Crystal Labbato

Mary Helen Davis

Susan Yackzan
behavioral oncology, psycho-oncology, group therapy, cancer survivorship
CJON 2022, 26(5), 475-478. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.475-478

Diagnosing and treating behavioral concerns should be prioritized throughout cancer survivorship. Behavioral health is included in national guidelines for survivorship care, but meeting those needs for a growing population of cancer survivors challenges limited behavioral health resources. This innovative implementation of group therapy and shared medical appointments enabled needs to be met using existing resources. A group therapy case study is used to illustrate the process, barriers, and benefits for patients and providers.

At a Glance

  • The behavioral health needs of cancer survivors should be prioritized and treated from the point of diagnosis throughout the remainder of the patient’s life.
  • The growing population of cancer survivors has increased the demand for behavioral oncology resources.
  • In behavioral health, group therapy and shared medical appointments can be effective alternatives to traditional models of care for the patient and the healthcare system.
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