Hidderley, M., & Holt, M. (2004). A pilot randomized trial assessing the effects of autogenic training in early stage cancer patients in relation to psychological status and immune system responses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 8(1), 61–65.doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2003.09.003
The intervention was autogenic training (AT), a type of meditation, with mental exercises:
Measurements were taken at baseline and at the end of two monthly periods. Patients were observed for evidence of meditative state. Group 1 (control) received one home visit, and group II (intervention) received one home visit plus two months of AT intervention.
The study reported on a sample of 31 women with early-stage breast cancer.
A randomized controlled trial design was used.
Results showed a p value of 0.0027 between groups for anxiety. T and B cell markers remained similar in both groups. The AT group reported improved HADS anxiety levels (t = 2.00, p = 0.092). There was no statistical difference in HADS scores for patients within the group.