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Review: psychoeducational interventions reduce depressive symptoms in cancer

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QUESTION: In patients with cancer, are psychoeducational interventions effective for reducing depressive symptoms?

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Studies were identified by searching CINAHL, Medline, PsycLIT, and CancerLit (all from 1980–2000), and by reviewing bibliographies of relevant articles.

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Scientific studies or systematic reviews of scientific studies (ie, qualitative or quantitative reviews that examined specific hypotheses, used a comprehensive search strategy, and stated explicit conclusions) were selected if they compared a psychoeducational intervention with usual care or an attentional control group, and some level of depression was the measured outcome; practice guidelines based on research were also included. Exclusion criteria included studies of children …

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  • Source of funding: Ortho Biotech Products.

  • For correspondence:Ms A M Barsevick, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA. AM_Barsevick{at}