A Novel Prosocial Online Support Group for Distressed Breast Cancer Survivors
Psychological distress is a significant problem among breast cancer survivors. Many
survivors turn to the internet for information and support, yet few controlled studies have
examined the effectiveness and safety of online support groups. The investigators are
testing the potential efficacy, acceptability, and feasibility of an innovative theory-based
online support group (OSG) for breast cancer survivors. Members of the control group will
participate in a standard OSG that encourages self-expression. Members of the experimental
condition will participate in a prosocial OSG that provides structured helping opportunities
and coaching on how best to give support to others. Participants will complete two telephone
interviews and six weekly online support group meetings.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
change from baseline to one month post-intervention
Stephen J Lepore, Ph.D.
United States: Institutional Review Board
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