Psychoeducation/Psychoeducational Interventions

Psychoeducation/Psychoeducational Interventions

PEP Topic 

Psychoeducation and psychoeducational interventions encompass a broad range of activities that combine education and other activities, such as counseling and supportive interventions. Psychoeducational interventions 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 use of booklets, videos, audiotapes, and computers, and formats may allow the interaction of healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers or may be self-directed via use of CDs and other materials. Interventions may be provided online or telephonically. Studies using psychoeducational interventions tend to vary substantially in regard to content, format, frequency, and intervention timing. For this reason, examinations of the relative effectiveness of different formats and delivery methods are limited. Highly specific content approaches, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral approaches, are identified in these resources as separate interventions, rather than incorporated into overall psychoeducation.

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