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Title: Empowerment of chinese patients with cancer through self-help groups in Hong Kong
Authors: Mok, E 
Martinson, I
Keywords: Cancer
Empowerment
Empowerment characteristics of self-help groups
Facilitated self-help groups
Psychosocial
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Source: Cancer nursing, 2000, v. 23, no. 3, p. 206-213 How to cite?
Journal: Cancer nursing 
Abstract: This study was conducted to identify the process and outcomes of empowerment as experienced by Hong Kong Chinese patients with cancer through participation in cancer self-help groups. The study involved in-depth individual interviews of self-help group members (n = 12) and participant observation of the group meetings over a period of 6 months. The empowered outcomes at a personal level included interconnectedness, confidence and hope, support and affirmation, and a feeling of usefulness. At a social level, expanded social network and opportunities to participate in more activities were reported. Collective efficacy also was demonstrated, although this happened only occasionally through participation in the group. One main theme that runs through the process of participation is empowerment among the members. On the basis of the efficacy demonstrated by self-help groups in this study, nurses should strongly consider referral of patients to such groups. Self-help groups serve as an important resource for patients with cancer in the Hong Kong Chinese community.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/30617
ISSN: 0162-220X
EISSN: 1538-9804
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