A support group for breast cancer patients: development of a cognitive-behavioural approach


Watson, Maggie, Fenlon, Debbie, McVey, Gillian and Fernandez-Marcos, Maria (1996) A support group for breast cancer patients: development of a cognitive-behavioural approach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 24, 73-81. (doi:10.1017/S1352465800016842).

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Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression in cancer patients when provided within the context of individual sessions. We describe the application of a cognitive behavioural model to a group therapy context. This represents a novel approach to the psychological treatment of cancer patients. Fourteen breast cancer patients attending the Royal Marsden Hospital were included in an assessment of treatment outcome pre-and post-group therapy. Outcome was assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) Scale and a study-specific visual analog measure relating to perceived efficacy of the therapeutic techniques. Rationale and organization of group therapy is described along with the preliminary pilot study results.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1352-4658 (print)
1469-1833 (electronic)
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 154131
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 12:30
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:12
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/154131

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