The experience and perceptions of men with prostate cancer and their partners of the CONNECT psychosocial intervention: a qualitative exploration

Eilis McCaughan, Suzanne McKenna, Oonagh McSorley, Kader Parahoo

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AimTo explore the experience of prostate cancer survivors and their partners of the CONNECT psychosocial intervention.BackgroundThere is a scarcity of evidence relating to interventions to help men and their partners cope with the after affects of prostate cancer treatment.DesignThis study employed a qualitative design for in depth exploration through couple interviews. The addition of a short process evaluation questionnaire was used to supplement the qualitative data.MethodsSemi-structured interviews were conducted between January 2012–October 2012 with a purposive sample of 11 couple dyads who had participated in the CONNECT intervention. Data were analysed using inductive content analysis. Simple descriptive statistics were used to analyse the findings from the questionnaire data.ResultsCouples perceived benefits of participating in the intervention to include: opportunities to share experiences, gain validation, obtain information and engage in couple care. The expertise of the professional facilitator and group dynamics were highlighted as factors influencing the success of the intervention. Potential areas for improvement of the intervention were identified as being: further development of the sexual dysfunction component; incorporation of a partner specific session to better address their needs; determination of optimal delivery format and timing; and further tailoring of the components of the intervention.ConclusionAlthough there were areas that could be further improved, this psychosocial intervention was valued by the participants. The insight gained from this qualitative exploration can be used to make the necessary changes before the intervention can be tested in a large randomised controlled trial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1871-1882
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number8
Early online date26 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015



  • psychosocial intervention
  • prostate cancer
  • couples

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