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