Participants receive a binder containing a workbook, CDs, a DVD, and online options.
These materials provide information on stress, low mood, and worry. They include exercises and action plans to help develop the skills and confidence to manage these symptoms.
The materials are presented in a structured way. The binder includes different sections so users can pick what they want, and they can work on their own, or with some help from a coach who makes a short phone call, once a week, if needed.
What I liked was the documentation that was very good. It [the program] is spread out and allows the person… to situate themselves, or help them to know which steps to take next. So the aspect of having support for a certain time I think is very important…because everyone can buy self-help books, but that is not what changes people. I think it’s great… to have… documentation in everyday language, and someone who follows them once a week is brilliant. (Marc*, cancer survivor, age 63)
Each study participant is followed for 6 months.
Questionnaires to complete:
Participants must complete 3 questionnaires. Each one takes about 30 minutes to complete. These can be completed from home (on a paper form or online).
- Questionnaire 1: completed at sign-up
- Questionnaire 2: completed 3 months after sign-up
- Questionnaire 3: completed 6 months after sign-up
Participants' answers helps researchers understand whether the tools are useful in improving mood.
*names have been changed