Effectiveness of Teach-Back Self-Management Training Program on Happiness of Breast Cancer Patients

  • Ahmadidarrehsima, Sudabeh (Student Research Committee, Nursing and Midwifery School, Zabol University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Rahnama, Mozhgan (Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery School, Zabol University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Afshari, Mahdi (Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, Zabol University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Bidmeshki, Elahe Asadi (Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery School, Zabol University of Medical Sciences)
  • Published : 2016.10.01


Self-management training is one of the ways to empower patients to cope with disease. The aim of this before-and-after quasi-experimental study was to determine effects of a teach-back self-management training method on breast cancer patient happiness. Fifty breast cancer patients who visited the Park-e Neshat Limited Surgery Clinic in Kerman, Iran were randomly divided into intervention and control groups after convenience sampling and checking for inclusion eligibility. Data were collected using a demographic questionnaire and the Oxford Happiness Inventory before and after teach-back training and analyzed using SPSS 23. Findings showed no significant difference between mean happiness scores in the two groups before the intervention. However, after the intervention, the mean happiness score in the intervention group increased from 37.2 to 62.9, while it decreased from 41.4 to 29.8 in the control group. These changes were statistically significant (p<0.001). Even after controlling for the effect of confounding factors such as residence location and history of cancer education, the observed differences between the groups were statistically significant (p<0.001). A teach-back self-management training program can increase happiness levels in breast cancer patients. Therefore, the use of this method is recommended to improve self-management and increase happiness.


Self-management;teach-back;happiness;breast cancer


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