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Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW, at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Study abstract

The program teaches coping skills to cancer patients in a virtual group setting; it was recently implemented and studied at 17 hospitals. participation (n=130) was associated with statistically and clinically significant improvements in targeted outcomes (e.g., depression, fatigue, quality of life) and skills (e.g., self-efficacy, coping). The goal of this project is to broaden the horizons of the program and demonstrate that chronic pain management can be improved through

More specifically, the research team aims to demonstrate the impact of, distributed via live video conferencing technology, on:

  1. reducing cancer-related pain and associated outcomes; and
  2. optimizing health care utilization and patient-provider communication
Study review investigated the impact of a structured online patient support program on women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing chronic pain. The research team’s accrual goal for the Army of Women was 75 women. Within 24 hours of the request to participate, 112 women signed up for the study, with a total of 222 women signing up over six weeks.

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