REVIEW ARTICLE Effects of Creative Arts Therapies on Psychological Symptoms and Quality of Life in Patients With Cancer Timothy W. Puetz, PhD, MPH; Christopher A. Morley, MPH; Matthew P. Herring, PhD Importance: Creative arts therapies (CATs) can re- Findings: During treatment, CAT significantly duce anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue and increase reduced anxiety ( = 0.28 [95% CI, 0.11-0.44]), quality of life (QOL) in patients with cancer. However, depression (=0.23 [0.05-0.40]), and pain (=0.54 no systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) [0.33-0.75]) and increased QOL ( = 0.50 [0.25- examining the effects of CAT on psychological symp- 0.74]). Pain was significantly reduced during toms among cancer patients has been conducted. follow-up ( = 0.59 [95% CI, 0.42-0.77]). Anxiety reductions were strongest for studies in which (1) a Objectives: To estimate the effect of CAT on psycho- non-CAT therapist administered the intervention com- logical symptoms and QOL in cancer patients during treat- pared with studies that used a creative arts therapist ment and follow-up and to determine whether the effect and (2) a waiting-list or usual-care comparison was varied according to patient, intervention, and design char- used. Pain reductions were largest during inpatient acteristics. treatment and for homogeneous cancer
JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Jun 10, 2013
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