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Study Examines Use Of Creative Arts Therapies Among Patients With Cancer

JAMA Internal Medicine
Study Highlights

(CATs) can improve anxiety, , and quality of life among , although the effect was reduced during follow-up in a study by , Ph.D., M.P.H., of the , Bethesda, Md., and colleagues.

Authors reviewed the available medical literature and included 27 studies involving 1,576 patients. Researchers found that during treatment, CAT significantly reduced anxiety, depression and pain, and increased quality of life. However, the effects were greatly diminished during follow-up, the study concludes.

“Future well-designed RCTs are needed to address the methodological heterogeneity found within this field of research,” according to the study.


JAMA Internal Med. Published online May 13, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.836.