Friday, July 26, 2019

Research Thursdays: Oncology

keywords:  research literacy, oncology acupuncture, integrative oncology, sharing related research in the field, research in integrative health; integrative survivorship, oncology and insomnia, program examples, oncology work & compassion fatigue

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Acupuncture in Oncology

Review of the "Research and Metrics Thursdays" theme from the public Facebook Page and newsletter with a focus on Oncology

At the Hospital-practice Handbook Project, we encourage practitioners to cultivate mentor-relationships and practice research literacy

This is a work in progress. last updated 12.03.2019.

Community Survey 

Oncology Acupuncture Community News
Related Community Survey
  • How Do You Define Success in an Integrative Oncology Program? 
    • At this time a large % of acupuncturists working in hospitals are working in oncology programs.  
    • Goal: learn about the current standards and metrics for integrative oncology programs, focus on the work of licensed acupuncturists
    • How will this info be used? 
      • Continue discussion in the community about the following topics: using metrics in clinical care, finding relevant metrics for your work, how integrative oncology programs are being set up, maintained, and grown
      • when enough information, I will publish a blogpost summary 
      • follow up interview potential about specific programs for those interested in participating, part of the "issues in hospital practice" community webinar/interview series.  Go to this post for more about this special Project series.  

Related Interviews

Related Blogposts
More resources on Integrative Oncology Recommended by the Community
Research Articles

"Compassion fatigue is a phenomenon in which witnessing high levels of suffering and death over time may lead to reduced capacity and interest in being empathetic to the suffering of others. Not surprisingly, compassion fatigue may contribute to burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Because they deal with cancer, oncologists are particularly susceptible to this phenomenon. 
"To understand compassion fatigue, Dr. Rony Laor-Maayany surveyed 74 oncologists in Israel using the Professional Quality of Life Questionnaire (PRoQOL) and the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief (TRIG)-Present Scale. Surprisingly, they found no association between exposure to suffering and death and compassion fatigue. Rather, it was grief and sense of failure that predicted compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Altogether, the authors suggest that the subjective experience elicited by the exposure, e.g. grief, may be more important than the exposure itself. This provides insight into potential interventions focusing on perceptions and experiences to prevent compassion fatigue and consequent burnout."

Patient-Centered Resources
More oncology resources from Dr. Wayne Jonas:
This series includes:
An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care
• Healing vs. Curing After Cancer Treatment
• How to Navigate Nutritional Information as a Cancer Patient and Beyond Treatment
• How to Build Your Stress Response Muscles During Recovery From Breast Cancer
• How to Heal After the Physical and Emotional Trauma From a Cancer Diagnosis
• Your Healing Journey: A Patient’s Guide to Integrative Breast Cancer Care
• 10 Complementary and Lifestyle Approaches to Help with Breast Cancer Care


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Monthly research summary blogposts


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