Hand in Hand. Psychological Intervention for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Partners. A Randomised, Controlled Trial.
The intervention intends to improving the patient and partners well-being, quality of life
and their relationship adjustment.
The couples in the intervention group participates i six to eight couple sessions. The
sessions is conducted by an experienced psychologist and takes place one to five months
after the patients cancer diagnosis. The control group receives usual care.
The framework of the intervention is attachment theory and the psychologists support and
advise the couples in talking candidly about their feelings regarding their new life
situation with cancer. The psychologist focus on the couples ability to feel comfortable and
safe in each others presence.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Change in Impact of Event Scale (IES)
IES assesses traumatic reactions to the breast cancer diagnosis. Assessed by both patients and partners
Baseline, 2 weeks post-intervention, 10 months follow-up
Dorte Gilså Hansen, PhD
University of Southern Denmark
Denmark: The Ministry of the Interiour and Health