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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: The computerized databases MEDLINE and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) were searched for research studies written in English from 1982 to October 2005 that addressed support groups, using the concepts of SCPT, among Asian populations. The studies could have been conducted in the United States or elsewhere. A total of ten articles were selected.
Results: Of the ten articles examined, six articles were related to cancer support groups. The review indicated that Asian cancer patients were interested and benefited from cancer support groups. The social-cognitive support group approach showed some promising benefits in Asian populations as it took Asian cultural values into consideration. Further research on psychosocial intervention among Asian cancer patients is urgently needed.