Randomised trial of expressive writing for distressed metastatic breast cancer patients Journal Article


Authors: Mosher, C. E.; Duhamel, K. N.; Lam, J.; Dickler, M.; Li, Y.; Massie, M. J.; Norton, L.
Article Title: Randomised trial of expressive writing for distressed metastatic breast cancer patients
Abstract: Women with metastatic breast cancer and significant psychological distress (N = 87) were assigned randomly to engage in four home-based sessions of expressive writing or neutral writing. Women in the expressive writing group wrote about their deepest thoughts and feelings regarding their cancer, whereas women in the neutral writing group wrote about their daily activities in a factual manner. No statistically significant group differences in existential and psychological well-being, fatigue and sleep quality were found at 8-weeks post-writing. However, the expressive writing group reported significantly greater use of mental health services during the study than the neutral writing group (55% vs. 26%, respectively; p & 0.05). Findings suggest that expressive writing may improve the uptake of mental health services among distressed cancer patients, but is not broadly effective as a psychotherapeutic intervention. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Keywords: controlled study; aged; middle aged; clinical trial; fatigue; united states; pathophysiology; metastasis; controlled clinical trial; randomized controlled trial; pathology; breast neoplasms; psychological aspect; breast tumor; neoplasm metastasis; new york city; emotion; metastatic breast cancer; emotions; writing; mental stress; stress, psychological; psychological distress; expressive writing; sleep
Journal Title: Psychology & Health
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0887-0446
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group  
Date Published: 2012-01-01
Start Page: 88
End Page: 100
Language: English
DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2010.551212
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC3175346
PUBMED: 21678181
DOI/URL:
Notes: --- - "Export Date: 1 March 2012" - "Source: Scopus"
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MSK Authors
  1. Yuelin Li
    137 Li
  2. Larry Norton
    558 Norton
  3. Katherine N Duhamel
    87 Duhamel
  4. Maura N Dickler
    237 Dickler
  5. Jack Wei Lam
    3 Lam
  6. Mary Jane Massie
    49 Massie
  7. Catherine E Mosher
    23 Mosher