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Helpful processes in psychological therapy for patients with primary cancers : a qualitative interview study

Omylinska-Thurston, J; Cooper, M

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M Cooper



Abstract

Aims: The purpose of this study was to identify what patients with primary cancers found helpful in therapy. Method: Indepth qualitative interviews were conducted with eight patients who had completed a course of psychological therapy within an NHS psychology service for cancer patients. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: The participants identified a range of helpful processes in therapy: talking and expressing their feelings to someone outside of the family; forming a relationship with their therapist; normalisation through the therapists’ expert knowledge; problem-solving and CBT. Limitations: As with all qualitative studies, the small sample and size and dependence on participant recall limits generalisability of the findings. Implications: The findings of this study are consistent with a pluralistic perspective: that multiple therapeutic processes - aligned to a range of different orientations - can be of value to patients with primary cancers. This supports the provision of a range of therapeutic interventions and strategies for this patient group.

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Omylinska-Thurston, J., & Cooper, M. (2014). Helpful processes in psychological therapy for patients with primary cancers : a qualitative interview study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 14(2), 84-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.813952

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2013
Publication Date Apr 29, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2020
Journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Print ISSN 1473-3145
Electronic ISSN 1746-1405
Publisher Wiley
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 84-92
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.813952
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.813952
Related Public URLs https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17461405

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