8. Hold on, for each other: supporting partners of cancer patients via eHealth and positive psychology

Researchers:

Nadine Köhle (PhD Candidate), Stans Drossaert, Karlein Schreurs, Mariet Hagendoorn (UMCG), Nelly van Uden, Irma Verdonck (VUMC), Ernst Bohlmeijer

Key words:

Web-based intervention, partners of cancer patients, ACT, Self compassion

Abstract:

The diagnosis of cancer can have an enormous impact on the partner’s life and (mental) health. Yet, only few partners seek psychological support. Web-based interventions offer a possible solution to support partners, since such interventions circumvent caregivers’ time restraints and daily unpredictable demands. In this project we developed a psychological web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients. The intervention,  “Hold on for each other”, is based on the theoretical notions of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Self-compassion,  and was developed in cocreation with partners of cancer patients. The intervention was evaluated  in a mixed-methods study.

Partners:

This project was granted by: KWF/ Dutch Cancer Society. In this project we collaborated with researchers and care professionals from MST, UMCG and VUMC.  

Products:

Thesis: Hold on, for each other: supporting partners of cancer patients via eHealth and positive psychology (2016)

The content of the intervention has been used in an intervention by the UMC Utrecht to support partners of people with ALS. In response to various request of patients and care professionals we are currently working on a book version of the intervention.