Effectiveness of psychoeducation intervention among women with gynecological cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Atun Raudotul Ma’rifah, Yati Afiyanti, Mega Hasanul Huda, Roselyn Chipojola, Yelmi Reni Putri, M. A.Tantawi Nasution

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Abstract

Psychoeducation interventions have been suggested to improve sexual functioning and quality of life. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the psychoeducation intervention on quality of life, sexual function, and psychological outcomes; and to identify the critical components of psychoeducation intervention for women with gynecological cancer. This study was a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychoeducation interventions were searched using six English databases, eligible studies were extracted, and the risk of bias was evaluated by two authors independently. A random effects model was used to examine the intervention effects. We conducted subgroup analysis and meta-regression to assess the variables underlying the heterogeneity. In total, eight trials were identified, and 1128 participants were included. Women who received the psychoeducation intervention had better quality of life (standardized mean difference (SMD) = 0.59, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.22, 0.97), sexual functioning (SMD = 0.63, 95% CI: 0.27, 0.99), and psychological outcomes (i.e., anxiety and depression (SMD = − 0.27, 95% CI: − 0.09, − 0.44)). Interventions that combined lecture-based, skill practical, discussion, and counseling were conducted using an online format and were delivered by a team of health professionals that had higher scores of qualities of life. Additionally, involving significant others in the intervention improved sexual functioning. Psychoeducation interventions effectively improve quality of life, sexual functioning, anxiety, and depression. Incorporating lecture-based, practical skills, discussion, and counseling through an online format and involving significant others are beneficial for improving the quality of life and sexual functioning among women with gynecological cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Gynecological cancer
  • Meta-analysis
  • Psychoeducation intervention
  • Quality of life
  • Sexual functioning

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