A group cognitive behaviour therapy programme with metastatic breast cancer patients
Article first published online: 15 NOV 1999
Copyright © John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 295–305, July/August 1999
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Edelman, S., Bell, D. R. and Kidman, A. D. (1999), A group cognitive behaviour therapy programme with metastatic breast cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 8: 295–305. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1611(199907/08)8:4<295::AID-PON386>3.0.CO;2-Y
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 1999
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 1999
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Received: 10 JUN 1998
One-hundred and twenty-four patients with metastatic breast cancer were randomised to either a group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) intervention, or to a no-therapy control group condition. Both groups received standard oncological care; however, therapy recipients also attended eight weekly sessions of group CBT, followed by a family night, and three further monthly sessions. Patients completed the ‘Profile of Mood States’ (POMS) and the Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory (CSI) before and after therapy, and at 3 and 6 month follow-up periods. Outcome data in the period following therapy showed reduced depression and total mood disturbance, as well as improved self-esteem amongst therapy participants, relative to a no-therapy control group. These improvements were no longer evident at the 3 or 6 month follow-up assessments. We also report on the difficulties associated with conducting a group intervention with this patient cohort. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.