We collected and analyzed data to assess the efficacy of the Taking Care Cancer model of cancer survivorship. This is an ongoing research effort, with the larger goal being to examine the efficacy of community-based care for cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment. We found statistically significant decreases in stress, frustration, the overall amount of physical pain people were experiencing, and the worst physical pain people were experiencing.
All of these improvements were substantial – there was a 47% decrease in stress, a 92% decrease in frustration, a 63% decrease in overall pain, and a 55% decrease in worst pain. Below are the means and standard deviations for each outcome before and after the Taking Care Cancer program as well as effect sizes (Cohen’s d) and p-values associated with changes. All analyses of change were run using the general linear model with restricted maximum likelihood estimation.
Prepared and reported by Matthew Hunsinger, Ph.D. (Pacific University, School of Professional Psychology)
January 5th, 2016