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Details
CPD1h 30m of CPD
Rating
4.4
Total Rating(s)38
Published18 April 2017
Updated27 November 2017
Reviewed12 January 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines the psychosocial effects that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, and encourages health professionals to provide psychosocial support for patients and their loved ones who are experiencing the disease.

Topics include:

  • Responses to a cancer diagnosis
  • Risk factors for distress
  • Common concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • The role of health professionals in providing psychosocial support
  • Skills for health professionals to provide psychosocial support

Target audience

All healthcare professionals who care for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, both in their professional, and personal lives.

Purpose

Further understanding of the impact of a diagnosis of cancer and common concerns that may arise across the treatment continuum.

Need

A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on a patient, their family, and loved ones, and can raise a number of psychosocial concerns. Psychosocial support has been shown to minimise the impact of this disease and improve the quality of a person's life.

Through education, health professionals, especially nurses, are in a unique position to provide this support and really make a difference in how their patient copes with their disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify risk factors for distress and common concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • Explain the benefits of psychosocial support
  • Describe the role of the nurse and other sources of support
  • List different types of psychosocial support strategies and how they might be applied

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

Portrait of Katharine Hodgkinson
Katharine Hodgkinson

Dr Katharine Hodgkinson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in client care, research and education. Katharine currently leads a team of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists at HeadwayHealth providing a range of psychological interventions to support to those affected by a cancer and other heath and emotional concerns. Katharine has published numerous research papers and several book chapters in cancer care, and co-edited the book “Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients. A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do” (Hodgkinson K and Gilchrist J, Ausmed Publications, 2008).

Details
CPD1h 30m of CPD
Rating
4.4
Total Rating(s)38
Published18 April 2017
Updated27 November 2017
Reviewed12 January 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Chronic Illness
Psychology
Psychosocial Considerations
Oncology
Mental Health
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4.4

38 Total Rating(s)

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Michelle Franks
15 Jul 2019

Excellent

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Gina ritchie
31 May 2019

It was very helpful for my are of practice. Very engaging also.

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Thomas Kay
31 May 2019

Good

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Danielle Maxwell
30 May 2019

Great resource

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Jacqueline Wessling
30 May 2019

Great course!

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Andoni SOnza
30 May 2019

A good course that reminds us of the psychological impacts of cancer and other major diagnoses.

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Lydia Kelly
30 May 2019

Great resource. Really good information about cancer patient needs - especially emotional and social needs.

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Katie Rezuk
30 May 2019

Great insight into how to communicate

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Shiwani Dhakal
29 May 2019

Good.

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Navjot Thind
28 May 2019

highly recommended