Self management pilot study on women with breast cancer: lessons learnt in Malaysia

Loh, S.Y.; Yip, C.H.; Packer, T.; Quek, K.F. (2010) Self management pilot study on women with breast cancer: lessons learnt in Malaysia. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention : APJCP, 11 (5). pp. 1293-9. ISSN 1513-7368

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Objective: With increasing survival rates, breast cancer is now considered a chronic condition necessitating innovative care to meet the long-term needs of survivors. This paper presents the findings of a pilot study on self-management for women diagnosed with breast cancer and their implications for Asian health care providers. Methods: A pre-test/ post-test pilot study was conducted to gain preliminary insights into program feasibility and barriers to participation, and to provide justification for a larger trial. Results: The study found the 4 week self-management program feasible and acceptable, with a favourable trend in quality of life. The recruitment barriers ranged from competing medical appointments, uncollaborative health providers, linguistic barriers and social-household concerns. Supporting facilitators identified were family, health professionals and fellow participants ("buddies"). Lessons from the study are discussed with regard to Asian health providers. Conclusion: There is preliminary evidence that self management is a workable and potentially useful model even in an Asians entrenched-hierarchical medical model of care. The initial challenge was breaking down barriers in acceptancee of a collaborative stance. A clinical trial is now warranted to gather more evidence.

Item Type: Article
  1. Loh, S.Y.
  2. Yip, C.H.
  3. Packer, T.
  4. Quek, K.F.
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention : APJCP
Uncontrolled Keywords: breast cancer
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 12:22
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 16:40

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