Collaborative care intervention for the perceived care needs of women with breast cancer undergoing adjuvant therapy after surgery: A feasibility study

Kanae Momino, Miyashita Mitsunori, Hiroko Yamashita, Tatsuya Toyama, Hiroshi Sugiura, Nobuyasu Yoshimoto, Kei Hirai, Tatsuo Akechi

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Objective: This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of an intervention program for women with breast cancer undergoing adjuvant anticancer therapy, and determine its preliminary effectiveness in reducing their unmet needs and psychological distress. Methods: The intervention was based on the collaborative care model, and compromised four domains: identification of unmet needs, problem-solving therapy and behavioral activation supervised by a psychiatrist, psychoeducation and referral to relevant departments. Eligible women with breast cancer were provided the collaborative care intervention over four sessions. The feasibility of the program was evaluated by the percentage of women who entered the intervention and by the percentage of adherence to the program. Self-reported outcomes were measured by the Supportive Care Needs Survey-Short Form 34 (SCNS-SF34), the Profile of Mood States (POMS), the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30), the Concern about Recurrence Scale, and pre- and postintervention satisfaction with medical care. Results: In total, 40 patients participated in this study. The rate of participation in the intervention was 68%, and the rate of adherence was 93%. Participants had significantly improved scores on total perceived needs, physical needs and psychological needs on the SCNS-SF34; vigor and confusion on the POMS and function (physical, emotional and cognitive), nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, appetite loss and financial difficulties on the EORTC QLQ-C30 compared with the baseline assessment. Conclusions: Our findings indicated the intervention program was feasible. Further study is needed to demonstrate the program's effectiveness in reducing unmet needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 21


  • Breast cancer
  • Clinical trial
  • Needs
  • Problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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