Dolbeault, S., Cayrou, S., Bredart, A., Viala, A.L., Desclaux, B., Saltel, P., . . . Dickes, P. (2009). The effectiveness of a psycho-educational group after early-stage breast cancer treatment: Results of a randomized French study. Psycho-Oncology, 18, 647–656.doi:10.1002/pon.1440
To determine effect of a cognitive behavioral type of intervention on anxiety
The intervention involved eight weeks of group-based cognitive behavioral training that included cognitive restructuring techniques, relaxation, peer exchange, communication, and general medical information.
A randomized controlled trial design was used.
The treatment group showed a greater reduction in anxiety over time compared to the control group (p = 0.001).
Structured psychoeducational group interventions in patients with early-stage breast cancer in remission can have a positive effect on emotional states, especially in reducing anxiety.
The practicality of conducting two-hour group sessions weekly for eight weeks may be questionable. Furthermore, the study was funded and the intervention was provided free of charge—this may not be routinely possible.