Davis, E.L., Deane, F.P., Lyons, G.C., Barclay, G.D., Bourne, J, & Connolly, V. (2017) Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of a Self-help Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Intervention for Grief & Psychological Distress in Carers of Palliative Care Pati

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Davis, E.L., Deane, F.P., Lyons, G.C., Barclay, G.D., Bourne, J, & Connolly, V. (2017) Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of a Self-help Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Intervention for Grief & Psychological Distress in Carers of Palliative Care Patients. Journal of Health Psychology. 1–18. DOI: 10.1177/135910531771509

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
ACT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
ACT, acceptance and commitment therapy, carer, feasibility, palliative care, self-help
Abstract: 

We tested the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an acceptance and commitment therapy selfhelp intervention for grief and psychological distress in carers of patients in palliative care. Carers were randomised to the control group, which received treatment as usual, or the intervention group, which received treatment as usual plus an acceptance and commitment therapy–based self-help booklet and telephone support call. Questionnaires were completed at baseline, 1-month post-allocation and 6 months post-loss. Results indicated that the intervention was generally feasible and viewed as acceptable to carers. Preliminary effectiveness analyses showed at least a small effect in acceptance, valued-living, grief and psychological distress.

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