Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 85–92

Psychological interventions for distress in cancer patients: a review of reviews


DOI: 10.1207/s15324796abm3202_2

Cite this article as:
Lepore, S.J. & Coyne, J.C. ann. behav. med. (2006) 32: 85. doi:10.1207/s15324796abm3202_2


We review a decade of review articles concerning psychosocial interventions for cancer patients. We find a distinct progression in the tone of interpretations of the literature, as better quality studies accumulate and the sophistication of reviews improves. The current literature does not make a compelling case for the value of these interventions for the typical cancer patient. The bulk of the literature reviews in this field take a narrative rather than a systematic approach, and serious compromises in standards are necessary to muster an adequate set of studies for review. The more rigorous the review, the less likely it is to conclude there is evidence that psychological interventions are effective.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthTemple UniversityPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Abramson Cancer Center of the University of PennsylvaniaUSA

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