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Electronic support groups for breast carcinoma: a clinical trial fo effectiveness.

14 Aug
Mitch Golant PhD, Research Director of The National Wellness Community, in collaboration with Stanford University and UCSF, has been spearheading an important new study with David Spiegel MD, the Irv Yalom-trained psychiatry guy who’s done so many groundbreaking studies on psychosocial support for oncology patients.

"The Effectiveness of Internet vs. Face-to-Face Support Groups for Women With Breast Cancer" is an ongoing, randomized study comparing their face-to-face support groups and electronic support groups with their "usual care" educational programs.

The pilot study has already shown that women with breast cancer who used a real-time, professionally facilitated, Internet-based support group successfully reduced their depression, distress and negative reactions to pain while increasing their zest for life and spirituality.

Look for the publication of these initial findings, coming to a journal in your neighborhood soon. Golant’s research team from The Wellness Community includes Chrystal Hagerty, Tamara Altman and Chloe Martin.

Citation: Lieberman MA, Golant M, Giese-Davis J, Winzlenberg A, Benjamin H, Humphreys K, Kronenwetter C, Russo S, Spiegel D. Electronic support groups for breast carcinoma: a clinical trial fo effectiveness. Cancer. 2003 Feb 15;97(4):920-5

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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award