Secondary lymphedema is a chronic condition that can develop after the treatment of cancer and can often lead to negative psychological and social impairments. When dealing with chronic illness, hoping and coping are interdependent. Previous research has assessed the outcomes of workshops designed to enhance hope but has not examined the workshop itself to determine how those outcomes were achieved. This study deconstructs the Living Hopefully with Lymphedema workshop to identify (1) what aspects of the workshop facilitated or interfered with therapeutic progress, (2) key aspects of facilitation that contributed to the functioning of the workshop, and (3) how participants responded to the workshop. Two three-day workshops were attended by a total of 19 participants. All sessions were audio taped and the recordings analyzed. Theoretical coding revealed a central theme focused on the importance of a safe environment within the workshop. Facilitators and participants worked together to co-create, maintain, and protect a safe space in which to engage in therapy. Findings are discussed in relation to key aspects of facilitation and the participants’ response to the workshops. Recommendations for future workshop development are presented.
Cancer, Survivorship, Coping, Intervention, Workshop, Group Facilitation, Interpretive Description
This research was funded in part by a New Brunswick Health Research Foundation Bridge Grant. This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding from the Canada Research Chairs program.
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Hamilton, R., Thomas, R., Anisimowicz, Y., Piers, M., & Matte, R. (2018). A Critical Analysis of the Delivery of a Psychosocial Workshop for Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. The Qualitative Report, 23(10), 2586-2602. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss10/20