A pilot randomized, controlled trial of the effectiveness of a psychoeducational intervention on family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer

Mabel Leow, Sally Chan, Moon Fai Chan

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Purpose/Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducational intervention, the Caring for the Caregiver Programme (CCP). Design: A pilot randomized, controlled trial, two-group pretest, and repeated post-tests. Setting: Four home hospice organizations and an outpatient clinic in Singapore. Sample: 80 caregivers were randomized into experimental and standard care groups. Methods: Outcomes were measured at baseline, week 4, and week 8 after the intervention. The standard care group received routine home hospice care, and the intervention group received the CCP in addition to routine care. Main Research Variables: Quality of life (QOL), social support, stress and depression, self-efficacy in selfcare, closeness with the patient, rewards, and knowledge. Findings: Compared to the standard care group, the intervention group reported significantly higher QOL, social support satisfaction and number of supported people, closeness with the patient, selfefficacy in self-care, rewards of caregiving, and knowledge, and lower stress and depression. Conclusions: The CCP had positive effects on family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer. Implications for Nursing: A psychoeducational intervention potentially could help caregivers cope with the demands of caregiving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E63-E72
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Family caregivers
  • Home hospice care
  • Palliative care
  • Psychoeducational intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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