The effects of an art education program on competencies, coping, and well-being in outpatients with cancer-Results of a prospective feasibility study


Singer, S; Gotze, H; Buttstadt, M; Geue, K; Momenghalibaf, A; Bohler, U; (2010) The effects of an art education program on competencies, coping, and well-being in outpatients with cancer-Results of a prospective feasibility study. The Arts in psychotherapy, 37 (5). pp. 363-369. ISSN 0197-4556 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2010.07.002

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop an art education program for ambulatory patients with cancer and to assess its feasibility and possible effects We conducted the workshops an groups of 4-8 participants A total of 23 participants completed the entire art education program Six patients dropped out but neither of them dropped out because of program length Some changes to the program were made after receiving feedback from the participants and the program length was augmented from 20 to 22 sessions Anxiety and self-confidence improved during the course of the program whereas coping and depression did not change Results suggest that art education workshops with outpatients are feasible but recruitment may be difficult especially at the beginning Based on the characteristics of the patients special attention should be paid to establish a high-level of structure to the sessions in order to provide the participants with enough safety for self-exploration and expression The creation of an object e g a book may help in this prospect as well (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc All rights reserved

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Oncology, Cancer, Art education, Art therapy, Feasibility study, Intervention study, Ambulatory patients, Outpatients, Quality of life, Coping, Distress, HOSPITAL ANXIETY, DEPRESSION SCALE, BREAST-CANCER, THERAPY, SUPPORT, POPULATION, ILLNESS, WOMEN
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Web of Science ID: 284983100002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1827

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