We are implementing a comprehensive national program of workshops led by recognized specialists to assist patients, caregivers & healthcare staff : art therapy, socio-aesthetics, coaching, physical activity, virtual reality =>Many positive effects for patients (experience hospitalization better; prevent/limit side effects & medications), parents/siblings (physically & emotionally), and facilitates post-healing life. Dedicated/shared sessions for healthcare staff are included since the pandemic.
Patients: isolation (+pandemic = visits often reduced/forbidden), anxiety, stress (=side effects & taking medication), feeling of uselessness, loss of self-esteem.. Caregivers: feelings of powerlessness, difficulties in coping (loss of employment for accompanying parent), disruption of siblings' childhood (long-term psychological consequences) Healthcare teams: a physically & emotionally demanding job, now even more stressful (lack of personnel, fear of contamination for oneself/loved ones..)
The national workshop program radically improves the patient's care pathway: fewer medications and side effects, a better chance of recovery. E.g. : teenager socio-aestetics (reconstruction of eyebrows due to alopecia); music/sport to give oneself goals/hope; virtual reality (control upstream stress / facilitate painful medical acts) It also has a strong impact on caregivers, better able to support patients, suffering less... Caregivers are less stressed and regain the energy to support patients
Overall, the program have a significant long-term impact on society, limiting both the use of medication and cancer relapses. Families are better able to cope, with less trauma and need of (sometimes lifetime) psychological care. These workshops also promote caregiver resilience and stability in the workplace.