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Elisabetta Bianchi

Elisabetta Bianchi

Psychology; Psychotherapy

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Introduction
Psychologist | Researcher | Working in the fields of Psycho-Oncology & Multiple Sclerosis | Interests: Humanistic psychology, Logotherapy, Posttraumatic Growth www.elisabetta-bianchi.it
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - January 2016
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano
Position
  • Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Researcher

Publications

Publications (27)
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Background: This study aims to propose an initial development of the FACT-Liver Transplant (FACT-LT) scale to assess the major physical and emotional concerns of patients before and after Orthotopic Liver transplant (OLT) due to acute and chronic liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Purpose The aim of the present study was to explore (1) informed consent (IC) representations, level of understanding, needs, and factors that influence the willingness of cancer patients to participate in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (phase I) and (2) representations, experiences, and critical issues of physicians involved in the same proce...
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Purpose: This study aims to explore the relation between the dimension of fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) in haematological cancer patients relapse-free for at least 2 years and socio-demographic, related to the disease, psychological and existential factors. Methods: A sample of 75 haematological cancer patients agreed to participate in the stu...
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Objective: Female carriers of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations (BRCAm) are at increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The main prevention options currently available consist in either clinical-radiological surveillance or risk-reducing surgery. This study investigated factors which might influence the choice of risk-reducing mastectomy (RRM)...
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Background We performed a qualitative study to investigate the experiences of participants in a multicentre randomized controlled trial on a home-based palliative approach (HPA) for adults with severe multiple sclerosis (MS) and their caregivers. Our aim was to explore the strengths and challenges of the intervention, and circumstances that may hav...
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The PeNSAMI trial: Inclusion criteria and intervention description. (DOCX)
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Interview and focus group meeting guides: Process and developed versions. (DOCX)
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Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Studies (COREQ) checklist. Completed checklist (except items 30–32) of Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Studies (COREQ) to provide supplementary information and locate key points in paper. N.R. is not reported. (DOCX)
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Background: What does it mean to adjust to a liver transplant? Quality of life research has offered an impairment model, defining adjustment as the absence of diagnosed psychological disorder or of limitations in physical functioning. Recently emerging research on posttraumatic growth testifies the prevalence of positive life changes following the...
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Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are standard hormone therapy for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal endocrine-sensitive early breast cancer. AIs therapy has been shown to be associated with increased survival, decreased risk of recurrence, and lower risk of contralateral breast cancer compared to tamoxifen but cross-trial and direct comparisons ha...
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Objective: The main aim of this paper is to investigate the prediction that greater subjective identification with relevant groups and social categories (i.e. 'family' and 'transplantees') can be an outcome of post-traumatic growth (PTG). To date there are no studies that have explored these relationships. Methods: A longitudinal study was condu...
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Purpose: Tobacco control guidelines recommend all healthcare professionals to ask patients about their smoking status and to offer them at least minimal cessation advice. However, few data are available about the daily practice of hospital clinicians who work with smoking cancer patients. This study assesses, in a comprehensive cancer center, the...
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The procedure for Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) accreditation identified the formation of MDTs for the diagnosis and scheduling of primary treatment with integration of supportive care as a key strength at Istituto Nazionale Tumori (INT). The opportunities for improvement highlighted by the OECI peer review inspired a study on t...
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To evaluate postoperative pain (PoP) and quality of life (QoL) in patients undergoing open (O-) or laparoscopic (L-) retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) for clinical stage I (CS I) and normal markers CS IIA nonseminomatous germ cell tumors. Since March 2010, a prospective nonrandomized trial evaluated dynamic and rest (R) numeric pain sca...
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Background: Few data on services for people with severe multiple sclerosis (MS) are available. The Palliative Network for Severely Affected Adults with MS in Italy (PeNSAMI) developed a home palliative care program for MS patients and carers, preceded by a literature review and qualitative study (here reported). Objective: To identify unmet need...
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Objective: The present study is the result of theory-driven research investigating the role of the search for and presence of meaning in enhancing both mental adjustment and eudaimonic well-being in cancer patients. Method: A cross-sectional study involved 266 cancer patients currently in the treatment and management phase of their illness. Data w...
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A study was performed to describe the impact of preventive options on the psychological condition of BRCA1/BRCA2 carriers. A sample of 52 cancer affected (C-A) and 27 cancer unaffected (C-UN) women were enrolled after gene test disclosure (T0). Psychological evaluation were performed at T0 and 15 months later (T1). The surgical options were more li...
Conference Paper
Lately there’s an increased interest in debate on posttraumatic growth’s nature (PTG): reality or illusion? (Sumalla, 2009). Tedeschi & Calhoun (2004) suggest to look into the role of cognitive processes and emotion associated with trauma in autobiographical narratives. The aim of this research is verify the existence of different narrative account...
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In agreement with the need to fill the lack of qualitative studies on post-traumatic growth (PTG) (Hefferon et al., 2009) and consistent with Emslie (2005), the complexity and richness of the PTG in adversity can be better understood through a qualitative approach. The aim of this research is to understand how you have to use the interview to obtai...
Conference Paper
Coherently with the recent literature on social identification and health (Haslam et al., 2009), the aim of the present study was to verify the nature of the relationship between the post-traumatic growth and the social identification. A longitudinal study was conducted with a group of 170 liver transplant patients. Data were collected by means of...
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The aim of the present study is to describe end-of-life preferences of advanced cancer patients willing to talk about death issues. Eighty-eight advanced cancer patients were interviewed through End of Life Preferences Interview (ELPI), a 23-item interview covering a wide range of end-of-life care issues. Most interviewed subjects were home care pa...
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CONTEXT: The End-of-Life Preferences Interview (ELPI) was developed with the purpose of supporting physicians in communicating with advanced cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate ELPI feasibility and compare home care/hospice (HC-H) vs. outpatient (OU) care settings. METHODS: Twenty-eight physicians were trained in the use of...
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The first instruments developed to evaluate specific logotherapeutic dimensions were the Purpose In Life (PIL) and the Seeking Of Noetic Goals (SONG) tests, designed to reflect Frankl's concepts of, respectively, meaning in life attainment and will to meaning. This study aims to perform the Italian cultural adaptation and the psychometric validatio...
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Background The SIMS-Trial (ISRCTN81072971) proved the effectiveness, in terms of patient’s knowledge and care satisfaction, of an add-on information aid (personal interview with a physician using a navigable CD and take-home booklet) in 120 newly diagnosed patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) from five Italian centres. Objective To scrutinize the...

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