Table 1

Thematic content and structure of the BREATH intervention
PHASE/MONTH WEEK
Psychoeducation Problems in everyday life Social environment Empowerment
1. Looking back · Getting started · Emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment · Breast cancer within the family · Personal strengths
· Self-help contract · Explanation of CBT · Reactions of children · Resources of strength
· Personal intervention goals · Reactions of partner
2. Emotional processing · Coping with life events · Coping with breast cancer · Social support · Knowledge as power
· Inventory of previous life events · Personal grief · Personal support network · Coping with information
· Sexuality · Relaxation
3. Strengthening · Physical consequences after breast cancer treatment · Dealing with physical consequences · Return to work · Balancing strengths
· Building up physical activity · Talking about breast cancer at work · Spirituality
4. Looking ahead · Personal change after breast cancer · Fear of recurrence · Communication with care providers · Future after breast cancer treatment
· Coping with fear
· Recovery as priority · Patient role less central · Ahead on your own

van den Berg et al.

van den Berg et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:394   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-394

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