Mindfulness training for cancer patients: the effectiveness and mechanisms of change of mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Elizabeth Foley, Andrew Baillie

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    This study evaluated the effectiveness of Mindfulness
    Based Cognitive Therapy for cancer patients.
    Over 200 participants with mixed cancer
    diagnoses (across site and stages) were randomly
    allocated to either the immediate or delayed
    treatment conditions. Treatment involved participation
    in eight weekly sessions of two hours
    duration, daily meditation and attendance at a full
    day silent meditation session during the course.
    Results indicated significant improvements in mindfulness,
    depression, anxiety, distress, pain and
    quality of life for MBCT participants. The pathways
    through which therapeutic change occurred
    were investigated and these findings will be
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-29
    Number of pages1
    JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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