Pilot Study: Retreat intervention predicts improved quality of life and reduced psychological distress among breast cancer patients
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Breast cancer, Art therapy, Quality of life, Spiritual well-being, Psychological distress
Evaluate the effectiveness of a week-long residential retreat intervention incorporating photographic art therapy in concert with psychoanalytically oriented group therapy and mind-body practices in reducing psychological distress and improving quality of life (QoL) and spiritual well-being for breast cancer patients.
28 female breast cancer patients completed self report assessments of psychological distress, QoL, and spiritual well-being on the first day of the retreat, the last day of the retreat, and a 6 week follow up assessment.
Repeated measures MANOVA with Bonferroni post-hoc comparisons revealed the retreat experience to predict significant and sustained reductions in depression, anxiety, and somatic stress, coupled with sustained improvements in QoL and spiritual well-being.
The current findings suggest that breast cancer patients may benefit from participation in a week-long multi-modal retreat center experience involving photographic art therapy and structured group therapy as a means to explore personal strain.
Vella, Elizabeth J. PhD and Budd, Matthew, "Pilot Study: Retreat intervention predicts improved quality of life and reduced psychological distress among breast cancer patients" (2011). Faculty Publications. 47.