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Effects of Rational-Emotive Hospice Care Therapy on Problematic Assumptions, Death Anxiety, and Psychological Distress in a Sample of Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Nigeria

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This study was a preliminary investigation that aimed to examine the effects of rational emotive hospice care therapy (REHCT) on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in a sample of cancer patients and their family caregivers in Nigeria. The study adopted a pre-posttest randomized control group design. Participants were community-dwelling cancer patients (n = 32) and their family caregivers (n = 52). The treatment process consisted of 10 weeks of full intervention and 4 weeks of follow-up meetings that marked the end of intervention. The study used repeated-measures analysis of variance for data analysis. The findings revealed significant effects of a REHCT intervention program on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress reduction among the cancer patients and their family caregivers at the end of the intervention. The improvements were also maintained at follow-up meetings in the treatment group compared with the control group who received the usual care and conventional counseling. The researchers have been able to show that REHCT intervention is more effective than a control therapy for cancer patients’ care, education, and counseling in the Nigerian context.

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ijerph-13-00929-f002: Bar chart showing the effects of rational emotive hospice care therapy (REHCT) intervention on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in the cancer patients and their family caregivers over time.

Mentions: Figure 2 shows how the level of baseline problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in cancer patients and their family caregivers that were randomly assigned to the treatment group significantly declined over time due to participation in the REHCT intervention program. The significant improvements were observed at two time points (Time 2 and Time 3) in individual participants in the treatment group. However, as can be seen in Figure 2, the level of problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in cancer patients and their family caregivers assigned to the control group remained considerably high over time.


Effects of Rational-Emotive Hospice Care Therapy on Problematic Assumptions, Death Anxiety, and Psychological Distress in a Sample of Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Nigeria
Bar chart showing the effects of rational emotive hospice care therapy (REHCT) intervention on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in the cancer patients and their family caregivers over time.
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ijerph-13-00929-f002: Bar chart showing the effects of rational emotive hospice care therapy (REHCT) intervention on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in the cancer patients and their family caregivers over time.
Mentions: Figure 2 shows how the level of baseline problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in cancer patients and their family caregivers that were randomly assigned to the treatment group significantly declined over time due to participation in the REHCT intervention program. The significant improvements were observed at two time points (Time 2 and Time 3) in individual participants in the treatment group. However, as can be seen in Figure 2, the level of problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in cancer patients and their family caregivers assigned to the control group remained considerably high over time.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

This study was a preliminary investigation that aimed to examine the effects of rational emotive hospice care therapy (REHCT) on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress in a sample of cancer patients and their family caregivers in Nigeria. The study adopted a pre-posttest randomized control group design. Participants were community-dwelling cancer patients (n = 32) and their family caregivers (n = 52). The treatment process consisted of 10 weeks of full intervention and 4 weeks of follow-up meetings that marked the end of intervention. The study used repeated-measures analysis of variance for data analysis. The findings revealed significant effects of a REHCT intervention program on problematic assumptions, death anxiety, and psychological distress reduction among the cancer patients and their family caregivers at the end of the intervention. The improvements were also maintained at follow-up meetings in the treatment group compared with the control group who received the usual care and conventional counseling. The researchers have been able to show that REHCT intervention is more effective than a control therapy for cancer patients’ care, education, and counseling in the Nigerian context.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus