Osborn, R.L., Demoncada, A.C., & Feuerstein, M. (2006). Psychosocial interventions for depression, anxiety, and quality of life in cancer survivors: Meta-analyses. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 36, 13–34.doi: 10.2190/EUFN-RV1K-Y3TR-FK0L
To investigate the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and patient education on depression, anxiety, pain, physical functioning, and quality of life (QOL) in adult cancer survivors
The literature evaluated included 15 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), five of which measured depression and all of which had been published 1993–2004. Authors assessed quality of the RCTs by means of the Jadad scale.
The sample size was 1,492.
CBT is related to short-term effects on depression; individual interventions were more effective than group interventions. Neither CBT nor patient education produced significant long-term effects on depression.