Community based psychosocial education can improve mood disturbance in breast cancer survivors at various stages of their recovery

Kokavec, Anna (2016) Community based psychosocial education can improve mood disturbance in breast cancer survivors at various stages of their recovery. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44 (6). pp. 730-736.

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Background: Psychosocial distress can contribute to avoidance, refusal, or discontinuation of cancer treatment, which could impact recovery and survival.

Aims: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a community based psychosocial program on alleviating mood disturbance in breast cancer survivors at different stages of their breast cancer journey.

Method: A total of 37 women participated in an 8-week psychosocial program at their local community centre. The weekly 3-hour program was delivered in a small group format. Program components included health education, behavioural training, cognitive behavioural therapy, art therapy and stress-management. Questionnaires aimed at assessing psychiatric morbidity and mood adjustment were administered at the beginning of the program (Pre) and at the completion of the program (Post).

Results: Group data revealed a significant reduction in psychiatric morbidity and improved psychological adjustment. When participants were divided into degree of psychiatric morbidity (mild, moderate, severe, very severe) a significant reduction in the reporting of anxiety symptoms in the mild, moderate, severe and very severe groups was reported; depression symptoms in the severe and very severe groups were noted, and anger, confusion and somatic symptoms in the mild group were noted. The level of activity was also significantly improved in the very severe group.

Conclusions: A structured community based psychosocial program is beneficial to women struggling to come to terms with the emotional consequences of breast cancer at all stages of recovery.

Item ID: 62483
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-1833
Keywords: breast cancer, depression, community, anxiety, mood disturbance, psychosocial education
Copyright Information: © British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2016
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 01:24
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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