Girgis, A., Breen, S., Stacey, F., & Lecathelinais, C. (2009). Impact of two supportive care interventions on anxiety, depression, quality of life, and unmet needs in patients with nonlocalized breast and colorectal cancers. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27, 6180–6190.doi:10.1200/JCO.2009.22.8718
To determine if, compared to individuals receiving usual care, participants in intervention groups would report lower levels of anxiety, depression, and unmet supportive care needs along with improved physical and emotional functioning
Parallel-group, prospective randomized controlled trial
Authors noted no significant intervention effect in this study, with the exception of improved physical functioning at six months for the TCW group.
Nurses should continue to explore ways to reach patients, at the time of diagnosis and beyond treatment, that can assist patients in psychosocial functioning. The field needs tools to make this easier; nurses need ways to implement care efficiently. The study did not show telephonic intervention to be effective.