Telehealth intervention for Latina breast cancer survivors: A pilot

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Abstract

  • AIM: This study was a pilot test of the Latina Breast Cancer Survivorship Intervention, a survivorship self-management intervention delivered via telephone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study used a wait-list control design with random assignment to either (1) support and early education or (2) support and delayed education. Latina breast cancer survivors were recruited through the Florida Cancer Data System Registry. Latinas with stage I-III breast cancer who completed primary cancer treatment 3 years prior to study enrollment were eligible. The Latina Breast Cancer Survivorship Intervention consisted of three education sessions delivered weekly via telephone and six telephone support calls, both delivered by a native Spanish speaker. Primary outcome variables included physical well-being, emotional well-being, fatigue, pain, and depressive symptoms. Data collection occurred at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months. RESULTS: In total, 40 Latina breast cancer survivors who were middle-aged to older, married, with health insurance, and Spanish as preferred language enrolled in the Latina Breast Cancer Survivorship Intervention. Data were analyzed using mean change scores. Overall, physical and emotional well-being remained similar over time with well-being scores poorer compared with the general population. Pain levels improved over 6 months and showed a high effect size. Fatigue scores improved at 3 months and showed a moderate effect size. Depressive symptoms remained elevated but were not clinically significant. CONCLUSION: Telephone-based Latina Breast Cancer Survivorship Intervention reached Latina breast cancer survivors for survivorship education and support. Self-management of pain and fatigue showed improvement over time.
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  • Meneses K; Gisiger-Camata S; Benz R; Raju D; Bail JR; Benitez TJ; Pekmezi D; McNees P
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  • 14