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Psychosocial and Spiritual Care




  • Discusses the reactions and risk factors involved in the diagnosis of gynaecological cancer
  • Provides a comprehensive list of risk factors for psychosocial distress
  • Includes suggestions for completing a thorough psychosocial assessment
  • Explains how to address the emotional needs of the patient
  • Covers spiritual and existential issues and how to address survivorship concerns
  • Includes a list of possible specialist services available to patients

Cancer is a chronic condition that poses physical and emotional challenges to women and their families and friends. In addition to best practice in medical and nursing care, comprehensive cancer management also requires best practice in psychosocial care. In this chapter, learn how to provide extensive psychosocial and spiritual care to patients.


Contents include

  • Reactions and risk factors
  • Effects of diagnosis of gynaecological cancer
    • Effects on patients and family members
  • Assessment of psychosocial care needs
    • Catering to individual needs
    • Comprehensive psychosocial assessment
    • Psychometric screening tools
  • Psychosocial intervention
    • Need for psychosocial intervention
    • Forms of intervention
  • Addressing emotional needs
    • Initiating discussion of psychosocial needs
    • Accepting personal discomfort
    • Establishing rapport and trust
    • Avoiding judgment
    • Accepting limitations
  • Addressing information needs; spiritual and existential issues; survivorship issues; and more specific needs
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Author / Editor Biographies

Katharine Smith is a clinical psychologist who holds a master's degree in clinical psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. Katharine has been working at the Westmead Centre for Gynaecological Cancer (Sydney, Australia) for more than seven years. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Katharine's research explores predictors of psychosocial outcomes and unmet supportive care needs in cancer survivors and their partners. She has developed two new research tool...
Kim Hobbs holds a master's degree in social work and has been the social worker with the Westmead Centre for Gynaecological Cancer in Sydney since its inception in 1994. The Centre has established an innovative model of multi-disciplinary care, in which psychosocial support services are an integral component of comprehensive cancer care for women with gynaecological cancer and their families. Since 2001, Kim has been actively involved in a number of multi-disciplinary research projects - such as investigating the effectiveness of cancer support groups, the needs of cancer caregivers, the train...

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