Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients: a discussion and critical review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients
Abstract: 

The purpose of this article is to (1) provide a comprehensive over view and discussion of mindfulness meditation and its clinical applicability in oncology and (2) report and critically evaluate the existing and emerging research on mindfulness meditation as an intervention for cancer patients. Using relevant keywords, a comprehensive search of MEDLINE, PsycInfo, and Ovid was completed along with a review of published abstracts from the annual conferences sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Each article and abstract was critiqued and systematically assessed for purpose statement or research questions, STUDY DESIGN: The search produced 9 research articles published in the past 5 years and 5 conference abstracts published in 2004. Most studies were conducted with breast and prostate cancer patients, and the mindfulness intervention was done in a clinic-based group setting. Consistent benefits--improved psychological functioning, reduction of stress symptoms, enhanced coping and well-being in cancer outpatients--were found. More research in this area is warranted: using randomized, controlled designs, rigorous methods, and different cancer diagnoses and treatment settings; expanding outcomes to include quality of life, physiological, health care use, and health-related outcomes; exploring mediating factors; and discerning dose effects and optimal frequency and length of home practice. Mindfulness meditation has clinically relevant implications to alleviate psychological and physical suffering of persons living with cancer. Use of this behavioral intervention for oncology patients is an area of burgeoning interest to clinicians and researchers.

Author(s): 
Ott, Mary Jane
Norris, Rebecca L.
Bauer-Wu, Susan M.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies
Journal Abbreviation: 
Integr Cancer Ther
Publication Date: 
2006-06
Publication Year: 
2006
Pages: 
98-108
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1534-7354
DOI: 
10.1177/1534735406288083
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 16685074

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Mary Jane Ott, Rebecca L. Norris and Susan M. Bauer-Wu. 2006-06. "Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients: a discussion and critical review." Integrative Cancer Therapies 5: 2: 98-108. 10.1177/1534735406288083.

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