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Art therapy during radiotherapy: a five-year follow-up study with women diagnosed with breast cancer
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2014 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 41, no 1, 36-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Follow-up studies on art therapy are lacking. In a randomised art therapy intervention study from 2001-2004 with women with breast cancer, results showed that patients benefitted from participating in art therapy for up to at least four months after the intervention. The aim of this study was to describe the coping resources and quality of life amongst women treated for breast cancer five - seven years after participating in individual art therapy during radiotherapy as compared to a control group. In 2009, thirty-seven women, 18 from the intervention group and 19 from the control group, answered questionnaires about their coping resources and quality of life. The results showed no significant difference between the groups regarding their coping resources or quality of life, except for an unexpected significantly lower score in the domain ‘Social relations’ in the study group as compared to baseline, at the time of the follow up. However, our study from 2001–2004 supports various positive effects of art therapy within six months of participation as compared to a control group. Consequently, attending art therapy during the treatment period for breast cancer can be of great importance to support health, coping and quality of life in a short-term perspective.

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2014. Vol. 41, no 1, 36-40 p.
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art therapy, breast cancer, coping, follow-up, quality of life
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Psychology Clinical Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87472DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2013.10.003ISI: 000332194400006OAI: diva2:709485
Available from: 2014-04-02 Created: 2014-04-02 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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