Preferences for cancer support group topics and group satisfaction among patients and caregivers

Kathleen D. Morse, Richard J. Gralla, Judy A. Petersen, Lisa M. Rosen

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This study investigated patients living with cancer and caregivers of patients living with cancer with regard to cancer support group content and satisfaction with this model of support (N = 3,723). Using a cross-sectional survey design participants were recruited through registered users of the NexCura Cancer Profiler website. Demographic and clinical variables, including perceived social support, were compared between patients and caregivers. Topic importance questions, and the proportion of patients and caregivers who selected those topics identified as very important and important, was calculated and compared. Group satisfaction was elicited and compared between patients and caregivers. This research can be used to inform, guide, and support group work helping address patient and caregiver need improving their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-123
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer
  • caregivers
  • group topics
  • oncology
  • patients
  • satisfaction
  • support groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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