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Mindfulness-based interventions for cancer-related pain and depression

a narrative review of current evidence and future potential

Baxter, Jennie; Welsh, Holly; Grayer, Justin

Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: June 2019 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 81–87
doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000428
PAIN: CANCER: Edited by Anthony H. Dickenson and Paul Farquhar-Smith
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Purpose of review People with cancer commonly experience persistent pain and psychological distress. Interventions are needed which address the multifactorial nature of pain and depression, yet few studies have examined the impact of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for cancer-related pain and depression.

Recent findings MBIs for cancer-related pain and depression can be effectively delivered across a range of modalities and show promise for alleviating mood and some physical health symptoms, although not always pain. There is some evidence for the cost-effectiveness of MBIs.

Summary The field of MBIs would benefit from greater methodological rigour and investigation into a broader range of cancer populations to increase the knowledge base and in turn the evidence base on which interventions can be developed to the benefit to patients with cancer-related pain and depression.

Adult Psychological Support Service, Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton, UK

Correspondence to Dr Justin Grayer, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Lead Clinical Psychologist, Adult Psychological Support Service, Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton SM2 5PT, UK. Tel: +44 20 8661 3006; fax: +44 20 8661 3186; e-mail: Justin.grayer@rmh.nhs.uk

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