Psychosocial Care of the Adult Cancer Patient: Evidence-Based Practice in Psycho-Oncology

Paperback | September 15, 2015

byDonald R. Nicholas

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Increasing efficacy of biomedical treatments for cancer means that more and more people are living longer with the disease. The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers has increased considerably in the last three decades, with some survivors living for many years and thus facingincreasingly complex psychosocial issues. As a result, the mental health subspecialty of psycho-oncology is growing and is responding to the many calls for increased availability of psychological services for cancer patients. Psychosocial Care of the Adult Cancer Patient introduces psychologists and other mental health professionals to the field of psycho-oncology, educates them about evidence-based interventions for individuals, groups, couples, and families, and describes how to successfully collaborate withoncologists and other cancer care professionals. Introductory in nature and providing ready access to a range of evidence-based interventions, this book briefs the reader on the field of psycho-oncology and the basics of cancer, explains screening and assessment for psychosocial distress, detailsthe principles of evidence-based interventions, and concludes with case examples that illustrate the evidence-based practice competencies-ask, access, appraise, translate, integrate, and evaluate. In a unique writing style, the case examples reveal the decision-making process of an experienced clinician doing evidence-based practice. Practical strategies for addressing the psychological needs of cancer patients and their families are offered in an easy-to-use, quick reference format. Keypoints are highlighted and enhanced through the use of tables and figures designed to summarize and emphasize important information. This book will be of value to clinical and counseling psychologists and other mental health professionals, as well as graduate students in psychology, social work,mental health counseling, oncology nursing, and other cancer care professions.

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Increasing efficacy of biomedical treatments for cancer means that more and more people are living longer with the disease. The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers has increased considerably in the last three decades, with some survivors living for many years and thus facingincreasingly complex psychosocial issues. As a re...

Donald R. Nicholas, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University. For over 25 years he has been involved in providing psychological services to cancer patients and their families in affiliation with I.U. Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center in Muncie, IN. He is a recent recipient o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199744440

ISBN - 13:9780199744442

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Jimmie C. Holland: ForewordPrefacePART ONE PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY BACKGROUND1. Case Examples and Calls for Action2. Background Knowledge of Oncology3. Background Knowledge of Psychotherapy4. The Evidence-Based Practice of Psycho-OncologyPART TWO PSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTH SERVICES IN PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY5. Screening and Assessment6. Individual Psychosocial Health Service Interventions7. Group Psychosocial Health Service Interventions8. Couple-Focused Psychosocial Health Service Interventions9. Family-Focused Psychosocial Health Service Interventions10. Challenges and Future Directions in the Evidence-Based Practice of Psycho-OncologyAPPENDICESAppendix A: Meta-Analysis and Effect SizeAppendix B: Evidence-Based Practice in Psycho-Oncology: The Quality of Study Rating Form (QSRF)Appendix C: An Abbreviated Approach to Evidence-Based Practice in Psycho-Oncology with Accessible OnlineResources and ReferencesReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex