Intervention Plan Based on Hope

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That is until 2009, Wendy Duggleby, a professor at the University of Alberta, initiated a study to evaluate the Living with Hope program. The study sent letters to patients with advanced cancer in Alberta and Saskatchewan asking if they would be willing to participate in a simple intervention. The study showed participants a 17 minute video titled ‘Living with Hope’, which features stories from people living with cancer, their families and professionals. After watching the video, participants were asked to journal for 10 minutes a day about things that gave them hope or helped them. From there, data was also collected on Day 7 and Day 14, with follow ups three, six and twelve months after. The findings showed that hope had most significantly increased on Day 7, demonstrating that watching the video and doing the journal exercises works to improve hope. Cooper says that this tool works well for rural clients as it is internet-accessible. Earlier this week, the study received a Research Award of Excellence in the behavioural category at the annual Research Showcase held by the RQHR in Regina.

The ‘Living with Hope’ video can be accessed here: http://www.nurs.ualberta.ca/livingwithhope/

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