PD Dr. biol. hom. et med. habil. Rüdiger Zwerenz
M. Sc. (Psych.) Anna Mayer (research assistant)
Dr. phil. M. Sc. (Psych.) Angeliki Tsiouris (research assistant)
B. Sc. Katharina Hoffers
B. Sc. (Psych.) Zoe Bünning
B. Sc. (Psych.) Charlotte Nölke (research assistant)
B. Sc. (Psych.) Tamara Schwinn (research assistant)
Cancer fundamentally changes the lives of patients and their families. The disease and its treatment place a burden on patients, not only physically but also emotionally. Problems may arise in the family or social, professional and financial worries may arise that affect reintegration of patients with cancer into everyday life and work. Many cancer patients have difficulties finding adequate outpatient psychooncological help after discharge from hospital or to make use of it. This creates a gap in psycho-oncological care. The online self-help-program epos (emotion-based psycho-oncological online self-help) presented in this study is intended to help close this gap. epos contains nine content modules. The topics of the modules were generated on the basis of the results of a preliminary study as well as scientific findings from psycho-oncology and address the needs and psychosocial burdens of oncological patients. The psychological concepts Emotional Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in particular are considered to be the rationales of epos. The aim of the study is to examine epos in terms of its effectiveness, measured by reduced psychological distress, and its acceptance.
Duration: August 2018 - April 2022
Funding: Innovation fund of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)
You can find the first interim results from the epos project here.