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Review: existing evidence does not support a survival benefit for women with metastatic breast cancer who participate in group psychological interventions compared with usual care

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Q Do psychological interventions (education, individual cognitive behavioural or psychotherapeutic programmes, or group support) improve survival and psychological outcomes in women with metastatic breast cancer?


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Cochrane Breast Cancer Group Trials Register (September 2003), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Issue 4, 2003), Medline (1966 to October 2003), CancerLit (1983–2000), CINAHL (1982 to October 2003), PsycINFO (1974 to November 2003), and SIGLE (1980 to November 2003); reference lists of relevant studies and reviews; hand searches of relevant journals; and known authors in the field.

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published and unpublished randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in any language that assessed the effectiveness of psychological or psychosocial interventions (⩾1 of education, individual psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural training, and group interventions) in women with …

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  • For correspondence: Dr A G Edwards, Department of Primary Care, Swansea Clinical School, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, Wales, UK.

  • Source of funding: Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field (Australia).