Mindfulness for distressed cancer patients (BeMind)


The BeMind project focused on the effectiveness of group face-to-face and individual internet-based Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for cancer patients. The group and internet-based MBCT were similar in content and duration. Group MBCT was guided by a mindfulness trainer, while in internet-based MBCT, patients received written feedback from their trainer each week.

The main aim of the project was to test whether group and internet-based MBCT were more effective than usual care in reduction of psychological distress.

We found that post-treatment, both group and internet-based MBCT outperformed usual care regarding reduction of psychological distress. Participants continued to improve in the nine months after the training, in particular in internet-based MBCT. However, participants in internet-based MBCT were also more likely to drop-out of the intervention. Some participants liked the individual nature of the internet-based MBCT, while others missed the contact with fellow participants or direct interaction with their trainer.

Promotion Else Bisseling

On Tuesday the 21th of November Else Bisseling defended her thesis titled Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for distressed cancer patients: clinical relevance and therapeutic alliance.





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