Journal article

A feasibility and acceptability study of an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion program for adult cancer patients

Joanne Brooker, John Julian, Jeremy Millar, H Miles Prince, Melita Kenealy, Kirsten Herbert, Annette Graham, Robin Smith, David Kissane, Karen Taylor, Mark Frydenberg, Ian Porter, Jane Fletcher, Ian Haines, Sue Burney

Palliative & Supportive Care | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: Psychosocial interventions that mitigate psychosocial distress in cancer patients are important. The primary aim of this study was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program among adult cancer patients. A secondary aim was to examine pre-post-program changes in psychosocial wellbeing. METHOD: The research design was a feasibility and acceptability study, with an examination of pre- to post-intervention changes in psychosocial measures. A study information pack was posted to 173 adult cancer patients 6 months-5 years post-diagnosis, with an invitation to attend an eight-week group-based adaptation of the MSC program. ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the 2015 Cabrini Foundation Clinical Research Grant Round. The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) supported the development of this research. PoCoG is funded by Cancer Australia through their Support for Clinical Trials Funding Scheme. The authors also wish to thank the participants for their contribution to this study.