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Mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer: A qualitative analysis

Hoffman, Caroline J., Ersser, Steven J. and Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID: 2012. Mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer: A qualitative analysis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 18 (4) , pp. 221-226. 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.06.008

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There have been few qualitative investigations evaluating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in breast cancer populations. The nested qualitative analysis reported here explores the acceptability and the perceived effect of MBSR. As part of a larger randomised controlled evaluative trial, 92 participants with stages 0 to III breast cancer completed a short proforma following week 8 of a MBSR programme conducted at The Haven, an integrated cancer support centre in London, UK in 2005–2006. Following thematic analysis, the most positive experiences from participants (n = 92) were reported to be; 1) being calmer, centred, at peace, connected and more confident; 2) the value of mindfulness practice; 3) being more aware; 4) coping with stress, anxiety and panic; 5) accepting things as they are, being less judgemental of myself and others; 6) improved communication and personal relationships and 7) making time and creating space for myself. All participants asked (n = 39) said that following MBSR training they had become more mindful. These understandings will be able to help shape the future teaching of MBSR in breast cancer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mindfulness-based stress reduction; MBSR; Breast cancer; The Haven; Qualitative
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1744-3881
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:04

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