Psychoeducation/Psychoeducational Interventions

Psychoeducation/Psychoeducational Interventions

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Psychoeducation, or psychoeducational interventions, combine education and a broad range of other activities, such as counseling and supportive interventions. Psychoeducation may be delivered individually or in groups and may be tailored or standardized. This type of intervention generally includes providing patients with information about treatments, symptoms, resources, and services; training to provide care and respond to disease-related problems; and problem-solving strategies for coping with cancer. Interventions may include booklets, videos, audiotapes, and computers; formats may be interactive and involve healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. Patients may deliver psychoeducational CDs and online materials to themselves. Professionals may deliver other information telephonically. Studies of psychoeducational interventions tend to vary substantially in regard to specific content, format, frequency, and intervention timing. For this reason, the ability to examine the relative effectiveness of different formats and delivery methods is limited. Resources identify highly specific content approaches—such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral approaches—as separate interventions rather than as components of psychoeducation.

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