How to use Who is Sick?

  1. POST - Post sickness information onto the map (completely anonymous)
  2. SEARCH - Search and filter for sicknesses by location, time, symptoms, sex, age and keywords
  3. DISCUSS - Discuss issues, ask questions, and give us feedback on our forums
  4. ANALYTICS - Summary analytics show sickness trends and current outbreaks

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The vision of Who is sick is to become part of the standard of care for all people with cancer. In order to accomplish this we plan to open facilities in many more cities throughout the United States and the world. Most of our facilities have begun because someone like you realized that people with cancer and their loved ones can benefit from the support, education, and hope that The Wellness Community offers and they wanted to make those services available in their city. Many of the founders of our local facilities are cancer survivors dedicated to helping others in their fight for recovery.
 

Who is Sick is involved in national research with partners such as Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco to demonstrate and publish on the positive effects that participating in our many programs can have on people with cancer and their loved ones.

The Goals of our Research Program are as follows:

  • Answer questions about psychosocial support important to people with cancer and the cancer community at large.
  • Develop and modify our programs and services based on evidence and data.
  • Establish The Wellness Community's Patient Active Concept as the gold standard of psychosocial support for people with cancer.
  • Utilize research data to improve training and program delivery.

Current Projects

"Do Cancer Support Groups Reduce Physiological Stress for Women With Breast Cancer?" Collaboration with Stanford University in a randomized study comparing TWC's Patient Active Empowerment Model of Group Support with Supportive-Expressive Therapy Model developed by David Spiegel, M.D.

"The Effectiveness of Internet vs. Face-to-Face Support Groups for Women With Breast Cancer" A randomized study comparing TWC's face-to-face support groups and electronic support groups with TWC's "usual care" educational programs. This study is in collaboration with UCSF and Stanford University.

Abstracts of Presentations and Papers

"Community/Research Collaborations, How to Reach More People More of the Time with Evidence Based Interventions"
Paper presented at the Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine
Washington, DC, April 2002

"Developing a Community Program on Cancer Pain and Fatigue"
Paper published in Cancer Practice, Volume 8(4), p. 187-194
July/August 2000

"Effectiveness of Electronic Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer"
Paper presented at the Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine
Washington, DC, April 2002

"Electronic Support Groups for Breast Carcinoma: A Clinical Trial of Effectiveness"
Presented in part at The Annual Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference
Seattle, WA, March 2001

"Emotional Expression and Therapist Behavior in Online vs. Face-to-Face Breast Cancer Support Groups: A Comparative Study"
Paper presented at the Twenty-Third Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine
Washington, DC, April 2002

"Fighting Spirit and Adjustment to Cancer: Emotional Self-Efficacy as a Mediator"
Poster presented at the Twenty-First Annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Nashville, TN, April 2000

"How Cognitive and Emotional Expression of Cancer Trauma Impacts Mood Disturbance"
Poster presented at the Twenty-First Annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Nashville, TN, April 2000

"Internet Chat Rooms for Breast Cancer Patients: The Role of Professional Leaders"
Poster presented at the Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Seattle, WA, March, 2001


"Less Affect Suppression and Greater Fighting Sprit are Associated with Lower Mood Disburtance for People with Cancer"
Poster presented at the Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Seattle, WA, March, 2001


For more information on any of these papers and presentations, please contact Mitch Golant, PhD at 310-314-2565 or mitch@thewellnesscommunity.org.

Our Research Team

Mitch Golant, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research & Development
Mitch Golant is a licensed psychologist. From 1992-1998, he was Vice President of Program for The Wellness Community-National (TWC). Currently, he is Vice President, Research and Development of TWC. In his capacity as Vice President of Program, he directed clinical training, oversaw quality assurance, coordinated research and led program policy. He has facilitated over 1,500 support groups for people with cancer, and trained over 250 professionals in TWC's unique program of Patient Active Group Therapy. Additionally, Mitch has co-written six books including What To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed.

Tamara Altman, M.A.
Project Coordinator
Tamara Altman, M.A. is a project coordinator on The Wellness Community Breast Cancer Support Project. She is a graduate student in clinical psychology at UCLA. Her previous research has focused on developmental psychopathology and prevention, particularly in the area of eating disorders.

Chloe Martin, Ph.D.
Research Assistant

Chloe Martin, Ph.D. has worked as a research assistant for Mitch Golant at The Wellness Community-National since the Fall of 2000, and she has also been an intern at TWC West LA. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University in May, 1999, where her research focused on decision-making about genetic testing for predisposition to cancer.