The IBSR (Inquiry-based stress reduction) intervention, developed by Byron Katie (www.thework.com), trains subjects to reduce their perceived level of stress by self-inquiry of their thoughts and beliefs connected to stressful circumstances or symptoms. This meditative process, named "The Work", enables the participants to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause their suffering. The core of IBSR is simply four questions and a turnaround, which is a way of experiencing the opposite of what the participant believes. This process is simple, powerful and can be easily implemented in daily life.
Therefore, on the basis of previous data and beneficial observations the investigators postulate that the clinical utility of IBSR mediation program may improve psychological and physical symptoms and quality of life among BC patients during the survivorship period. Thus, we will conduct a pilot/feasibility randomized controlled clinical trial designed to
- Assess feasibility of a IBSR intervention by examining attendance, drop-out rates, and program satisfaction.
- Determine whether IBSR intervention compared with usual care is efficacious in improving quality of life, psychological and physical status in BC survivors.