Designing an education programme to improve quality of life for cancer survivors: a systematic review.

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      Health and wellbeing education programmes, as part of the recovery package, are now recommended for all cancer patients on completion of treatment. There is limited evidence to determine whether such programmes improve the quality of life (QoL) for cancer survivors. The purpose of the systematic review was to synthesise the available research and provide recommendations for practice and education programme delivery. A critical appraisal and narrative synthesis of eligible randomised controlled trials showed that there was a small mean percentage difference in reported QoL for cancer survivors who participated in an education programme (8%) over those who received usual care alone (7%). Cancer-site specific programmes are recommended over generic programmes. The optimum time frame for programme delivery is between 3 and 12 months following treatment. Various methods of programme delivery are effective, including face-to-face group sessions and self-directed web-based programmes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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