Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy for Cancer Patients

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 3, 2002
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether cancer patients who receive the mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) program demonstrate improvement in health-related quality of life, a reduction in stress-related symptoms, and enhanced coping responses.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cancer Behavioral: Mindfulness-based at therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Psychosocial interventions, especially supportive-expressive group therapies, have been associated with significant improvements in health status, quality of life and coping behaviors, in patients with cancer. The purpose of the proposed pilot research study is to investigate a newly developed group therapy for cancer patients, MBAT. This proposed, randomized, controlled study follows a successful preliminary investigation of MBAT conducted at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. MBAT integrates known benefits of art therapy, group therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Each of these fundamentally different modalities has documented usefulness in the treatment of cancer patients. The multi-modal approach is designed to enhance both the supportive and expressive aspects of the group experience. The study will be done with 96 patients who have a variety of cancer types. Participants will be matched for age and assigned randomly to either the MBAT experimental group or a non-intervention control group. Both groups will continue to receive their usual oncologic/medical care. The MBAT program consists of eight weekly meetings of two and one half-hours in length. At the end of the eight weeks, participants in the control group will be crossed over to the experimental intervention arm for an additional eight weeks. Participants will be assessed pre- and post-intervention on measures of health-related quality of life, psychological distress, and coping, using standardized outcome instruments (SF-36, SCL-90-R and COPE). Our long-term goal is to collect sufficient data to determine the overall efficacy of this promising intervention and to identify which patients are particularly likely to benefit from MBAT.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 114 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy for Cancer Patients
Study Start Date : April 2002
Study Completion Date : December 2003

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of cancer or cancer recurrence within the past 2 years.
  • Able to tolerate 8 weekly groups, 2 1/2 hours in length


  • Less than 4 months from original or recurrent diagnosis or beyond 2 years
  • Physically unable to attend groups
  • Non-stabilized major mental disorder
  • Children
  • Comprehension of written and spoken English at a level of less than 4th grade.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00034970

United States, Pennsylvania
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Kimmel Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Monti, MD Thomas Jefferson University
Study Director: Caroline Peterson, MA Thomas Jefferson University

Publications: Identifier: NCT00034970     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT000683-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 3, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: July 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
alternative medicine
combination cancer therapy
group therapy
human therapy evaluation
neoplasm /cancer chemotherapy
gender difference
outcomes research
psychological aspect of cancer
psychological stressor
quality of life
racial /ethnic difference
stress management
behavioral /social science research
patient oriented research