Posted in cancer care, MBSR, mindfulness

Effective in reducing psychological distress and improving quality of life in cancer patients

Fish, J. A., Ettridge, K., Sharplin, G. R., Hancock, B., & Knott, V. E. (2013). Mindfulness‐based Cancer Stress Management: impact of a mindfulness‐based programme on psychological distress and quality of life. European journal of cancer care. Epub ahead of print.

From the Abstract: Within the area of cancer care, mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions have been found to be efficacious in reducing psychological distress related to a cancer diagnosis; however, the impact of mindfulness-based interventions on quality of life is unclear. This study explores the impact of a Mindfulness-Based Cancer Stress Management programme on psychological distress and quality of life.

Significant improvements were observed on all measures following the intervention, which were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Mindfulness was significantly correlated with all main outcome measures at post-intervention and 3-month follow-up, providing evidence for the internal validity of the study. Our findings indicate that the MBCSM programme is effective in reducing psychological distress and improving quality of life, including spiritual well-being.

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