How does undertaking a course ‘a psychodynamic approach to working with cancer patients’ influence the practice of health care practitioners?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90342
Title:
How does undertaking a course ‘a psychodynamic approach to working with cancer patients’ influence the practice of health care practitioners?
Authors:
Combes, Robert
Abstract:
This project addresses how the practice of health care professionals is influenced by undertaking a course ‘A psychodynamic approach to working with people with cancer’. A review of the literature reveals that the dominant modes of psychological approach to cancer are behavioural, cognitive and skills-based. Psychodynamic approaches are found in the margins. Cancer is defined in medical and social terms and the approach of the course is outlined. Methodology for research is critically discussed and the reasons for choosing a qualitative approach are advanced. A case study strategy is adapted to explore the research question. Twenty-five questionnaires from course participants were analysed and interviews conducted with five of the health care practitioners are also analysed. The analysis reveals that the course does appear to influence the practice of health care professionals in a number of ways. The practitioners claim to be more thoughtful in practice and make use of psychodynamic concepts in their work with patients. There does seem to be evidence that relatives and carers are marginalised in the process of care by professionals. Aspects of the course that were least liked were didactic lectures, especially where theory is not related to practice. The most popular aspects of the course were those where course members felt actively engaged in learning and were able to bring their own practice to work discussion groups for supervision. Implications of research methodology are discussed and suggestions for future research offered. Suggestions for application of research and implications are discussed.
Issue Date:
2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90342
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorCombes, Roberten
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:48:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:48:41Z-
dc.date.issued2000-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90342-
dc.description.abstractThis project addresses how the practice of health care professionals is influenced by undertaking a course ‘A psychodynamic approach to working with people with cancer’. A review of the literature reveals that the dominant modes of psychological approach to cancer are behavioural, cognitive and skills-based. Psychodynamic approaches are found in the margins. Cancer is defined in medical and social terms and the approach of the course is outlined. Methodology for research is critically discussed and the reasons for choosing a qualitative approach are advanced. A case study strategy is adapted to explore the research question. Twenty-five questionnaires from course participants were analysed and interviews conducted with five of the health care practitioners are also analysed. The analysis reveals that the course does appear to influence the practice of health care professionals in a number of ways. The practitioners claim to be more thoughtful in practice and make use of psychodynamic concepts in their work with patients. There does seem to be evidence that relatives and carers are marginalised in the process of care by professionals. Aspects of the course that were least liked were didactic lectures, especially where theory is not related to practice. The most popular aspects of the course were those where course members felt actively engaged in learning and were able to bring their own practice to work discussion groups for supervision. Implications of research methodology are discussed and suggestions for future research offered. Suggestions for application of research and implications are discussed.en
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dc.subjectCanceren
dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectPsychodynamicen
dc.subjectCase studyen
dc.titleHow does undertaking a course ‘a psychodynamic approach to working with cancer patients’ influence the practice of health care practitioners?en
dc.typeThesisen
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