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Table 3 Weekly contents of 6 self-management skill training modules

From: Design of a randomized controlled trial of a partnership-based, needs-tailored self-management support intervention for post-treatment breast cancer survivors

ModuleGoalWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5
PainAble to verbally express own pain and practice according to pain Mx plan.Weekly goal:
Understand the pattern of pain (severity, location, quality, duration, etc.).
Action plan:
Making a pain diary
Weekly goal:
Learn ways of pain Mx based on each pain type.
Action plan:
Making a pain diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice pain Mx plan.
Action plan:
Making a pain diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice pain Mx plan.
Action plan:
Making a pain diary.
Weekly goal:
Plan future life.
FatigueAble to identify the cause of own fatigue and practice according to fatigue Mx plan.Weekly goal:
Identify the cause and pattern of fatigue.
Action plan:
Self-assessment of fatigue.
Weekly goal:
Learn ways of fatigue Mx.
Action plan:
Making a fatigue diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice fatigue Mx plan.
Action plan:
Making a fatigue diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice fatigue Mx plan
Action plan:
Making a fatigue diary.
Weekly goal:
Plan future life.
InsomniaAble to identify pattern of own insomnia and practice according to insomnia Mx plan.Weekly goal:
Identify insomnia pattern.
Action plan:
Making a sleep diary.
Weekly goal:
Learn ways of insomnia Mx (stimulation control).
Action plan:
Making a sleep diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice insomnia Mx plan.
Action plan:
Making a sleep diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice insomnia Mx plan.
Action plan:
Making a sleep diary.
Weekly goal:
Plan future life.
ExerciseAble to establish individualized exercise goal and practice according to exercise plan.Weekly goal:
Understand 4 elements of exercise (frequency, intensity, timing, type).
Action plan:
Making an exercise contract.
Weekly goal:
Establish individualized exercise goal.
Action plan:
Making an exercise diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice the exercise plan.
Action plan:
Making an exercise diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice the exercise plan.
Action plan:
Making an exercise diary.
Weekly goal:
Plan future life.
DietAble to establish individualized diet goal and practice according to diet plan.Weekly goal:
Understand importance of balanced diet.
Action plan:
Making a diet contract.
Weekly goal:
Establish individualized diet goal.
Action plan:
Making a diet diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice diet plan.
Action plan:
Making a diet diary.
Weekly goal:
Practice diet plan.
Action plan:
Making a diet diary.
Weekly goal:
Plan future life.
DistressAble to identify types of distress and practice according to emotional Mx plan.Weekly goal:
Identify level, cause, type of distress.
Action plan:
Completing NCCN distress thermometer.
Weekly goal:
Learn ways of emotional Mx.
Action plan:
- Anxiety: Practicing abdominal breathing
- Depression: Exercise or meditation (preferred)
Weekly goal:
Practice emotional Mx plan.
Action plan:
- Anxiety: Practicing abdominal breathing
- Depression: Exercise or meditation (preferred)
Weekly goal:
Practice emotional Mx plan.
Action plan:
- Anxiety: Practicing abdominal breathing
- Depression: Exercise or meditation (preferred)
Weekly goal:
Plan future life
  1. Mx management, NCCN National Comprehensive Cancer Network