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. 2009 Jun;18(6):571-9.
doi: 10.1002/pon.1400.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Cancer: A Meta-Analysis


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Cancer: A Meta-Analysis

Dianne Ledesma et al. Psychooncology. .


Objective: This meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on the mental and physical health status of various cancer patients.

Methods: Ten studies (randomized-controlled trials and observational studies) were found to be eligible for meta-analysis. Individual study results were categorized into mental and physical variables and Cohen's effect size d was computed for each category.

Results: MBSR may indeed be helpful for the mental health of cancer patients (Cohen's effect size d=0.48); however, more research is needed to show convincing evidence of the effect on physical health (Cohen's effect size d=0.18).

Conclusion: The results suggest that MBSR may improve cancer patients' psychosocial adjustment to their disease.

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