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Healthcare 2015, 3(2), 263-283; doi:10.3390/healthcare3020263

In Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Therapy for Women with Primary Breast Cancer, What Factors Account for the Benefits? Insights from a Multiple Case Analysis

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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Sofia University, 1069 E Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA
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Independent Practice, 1069 E Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA
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Kaiser Permanente, 820 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Joanne Reid and Helen Noble
Received: 16 March 2015 / Revised: 26 April 2015 / Accepted: 5 May 2015 / Published: 12 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Holistic Needs of Those Living with and beyond Breast Cancer)
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Abstract

This study sought to understand the context in which Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Therapy (PSIT), a group intervention, promotes varying degrees of spiritual growth and quality of life change in breast cancer survivors. A secondary aim was to explore the relationship between spiritual well-being (SWB) and Quality of Life (QL) in PSIT participants. A qualitative, multiple case analysis was undertaken to examine the experiences of two participants with the highest change scores on the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Spiritual Well-Being Scale-Expanded Version (FACIT-Sp-Ex) and two participants with among the lowest change scores on this measure. The participant factors thought to contribute to SWB and QL changes included utilization of metacognitive psychological skills and spiritual/religious frameworks, while PSIT factors included application of PSIT core intervention components, cognitive restructuring, group dynamics, and the role of the facilitator. The nature and extent of participant use of spiritual practices appeared to shape the relationship between SWB and OL. The findings suggest directions for future research to investigate potential moderators and mediators of treatment efficacy of PSIT specifically, as well as other psycho-spiritual interventions for cancer survivors more generally. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrative cancer care; breast cancer; spirituality; quality of life; group intervention; mindfulness; spiritual well-being integrative cancer care; breast cancer; spirituality; quality of life; group intervention; mindfulness; spiritual well-being
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Rettger, J.; Wall, K.; Corwin, D.; Davidson, A.N.; Lukoff, D.; Koopman, C. In Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Therapy for Women with Primary Breast Cancer, What Factors Account for the Benefits? Insights from a Multiple Case Analysis. Healthcare 2015, 3, 263-283.

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