Ando, M., Morita, T., Okamoto, T., & Ninosaka, Y. (2008). One-week Short-Term Life Review interview can improve spiritual well-being of terminally ill cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 17, 885-890.doi:10.1002/pon.1299
To assess the efficacy of a Short-Term Life Review process on spiritual well- being, anxiety, depression, suffering, and happiness in terminally ill patients with cancer
The intervention was Short-Term Life Review completed with a psychologist, who then created an album based on the participant’s interview. In the first part, participants reviewed their life, and in the second, they reevaluated, reconstructed, and appreciated their life. In the second session, the album was reviewed with the participant.
A prospective pre/post-test design was used.
Anxiety and depression scores significantly decreased (p = 0.001).
The Short-Term Life Review process is feasible for terminally ill patients and appears to be beneficial to reduce anxiety and depression, reduce suffering, and improve happiness.