Using Telehealth to Train Providers of a Cancer Support Intervention

Anna R. Brandon, Lixin Song, Allison M. Deal, Mindy Gellin, Elizabeth Sherwood, Diane Bloom, Alison Doernberg, Michelle L. Manning, Michael D. Young, Donald L. Rosenstein

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Background: Group interventions are effective for addressing the transition from cancer treatment to survivorship but are not widely available outside of urban areas. In addition, minimal training is available for group facilitators outside of the mental healthcare discipline. Telehealth as a medium can facilitate conversation and interactive learning and make learning accessible to individuals in areas that lack resources for traditional classroom teaching. Little is known, however, regarding the feasibility and acceptability of a telehealth training program for group leaders. This project aimed to investigate the utility of a telehealth training program for the delivery of a copyrighted, manualized psychosocial group intervention, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment. Materials and Methods: Nine group leaders attended one in-person orientation, four telehealth training classes, and four telehealth supervision sessions, completing self-report measures of content knowledge, quality satisfaction, and self-confidence. Following the completion of their last Cancer Transitions facilitation, group leaders participated in a focus group to provide qualitative feedback regarding their experiences in training for and leading the respective groups in eight urban and rural North Carolina communities. Results: Group leaders rated the training program highly across the domains of content knowledge, quality satisfaction, and self-confidence. Satisfaction with the technology itself was equivocal. Conclusions: Telehealth represents a feasible avenue for training and supporting leaders of psychosocial interventions. In addition, telehealth is particularly well suited to the need for training group leaders in areas outside urban centers or academic communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-800
Number of pages8
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer survivorship
  • group
  • telehealth
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Information Management
  • Health Informatics


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