A systematic review of psychosocial interventions for colorectal cancer patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review;Systematic Review)

PURPOSE: A significant minority of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients experience clinically meaningful distress that may warrant intervention. The goal of this systematic review was to assess the impact of psychosocial interventions on quality-of-life and psychosocial outcomes for CRC patients. METHODS: A systematic search of CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and PsycARTICLES was undertaken to obtain relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published through October 2016. RESULTS: Fourteen RCTs of psychosocial interventions for CRC patients were identified. Only three of these RCTs showed significant intervention effects on multiple mental health outcomes. These interventions included written and verbal emotional expression, progressive muscle relaxation training, and a self-efficacy enhancing intervention. Eight of the 14 trials, testing a range of psychoeducational and supportive care interventions, produced little to no effects on study outcomes. An evaluation of RCT quality highlighted the need for greater rigor in study methods and reporting. CONCLUSION: A limited evidence base supports the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for CRC patients. Large-scale trials are needed before drawing definitive conclusions regarding intervention impact.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mosher, CE; Winger, JG; Given, BA; Shahda, S; Helft, PR

Published Date

  • July 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 2349 - 2362

PubMed ID

  • 28434094

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5540437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1433-7339

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00520-017-3693-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany