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.
Face-to-Face and Internet-Based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Compared With Treatment as Usual in Reducing Psychological Distress in Patients With Cancer: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial
Study protocol of a multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of group and individual internet-based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with treatment as usual in reducing psychological distress in cancer patients: the BeMind study. Bmc Psychology (2015): 13;3:27
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for cancer patients delivered via Internet: qualitative study of patient and therapist barriers and facilitators Journal of Medical Internet Research 2017; 19(12): e407.