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The adaptation of a web-based psychosocial intervention for cancer survivors

24 months
Approved budget:
Dr Deborah Raphael
Professor Merryn Gott
Dr Rosemary Frey
Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell
Dr Lisa Williams
Associate Professor Lisa Beatty
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Nearly a quarter of haematological cancer survivors in New Zealand are significantly distressed in the post-treatment period; moreover, cancer survivors often report needing more psychosocial support. International evidence suggests that interventions aimed at reducing psychosocial problems in cancer survivors have positive outcomes, including decreased levels of distress. Web-based interventions have proven effective in increasing access to psychosocial support and improving psychosocial wellbeing for cancer survivors. This proposed research aims to adapt an existing Australian web-based psychosocial intervention, designed for cancer survivors, for use in NZ. This study will use a participatory action research (PAR) approach to underpin co-design activities. Co-design activities will involve consulting and interviewing cancer survivors, health professionals, and other stakeholders to help review and adapt the intervention for the NZ context. The study will lead to the co-production of a NZ version of a web-based psychosocial intervention aimed at improving psychosocial outcomes in haematological cancer survivors.