Behavior therapy for depressed cancer patients in primary care

D. R. Hopko, M. E A Armento, M. K. Hunt, John Bell, C. W. Lejuez

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Abstract

Major depression is a common psychiatric disorder among cancer patients and is associated with psychosocial impairment and decreased quality of life. Although some research has explored psychological interventions with cancer patients, outcome studies investigating the benefits of behavior therapy among cancer patients with well diagnosed depression are nonexistent. The present study was a preliminary clinical trial (n = 6) used to assess the effectiveness of a Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) among depressed cancer patients in primary care. Results revealed strong treatment integrity, good patient compliance, excellent patient satisfaction with the BATD protocol, and significant pre-post treatment gains across measures assessing depression, quality of life, and medical outcomes. These gains were associated with strong effect sizes and were maintained at 3-month follow up. BATD may represent a practical primary care treatment that may remedy problems associated with traditional psychosocial interventions. Study limitations and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-243
Number of pages8
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Behavior Therapy
Primary Health Care
Depression
Neoplasms
Quality of Life
Therapeutics
Patient Compliance
Clinical Protocols
Patient Satisfaction
Psychiatry
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Clinical Trials
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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Hopko, D. R., Armento, M. E. A., Hunt, M. K., Bell, J., & Lejuez, C. W. (2005). Behavior therapy for depressed cancer patients in primary care. Psychotherapy, 42(2), 236-243. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-3204.42.2.236

Behavior therapy for depressed cancer patients in primary care. / Hopko, D. R.; Armento, M. E A; Hunt, M. K.; Bell, John; Lejuez, C. W.

In: Psychotherapy, Vol. 42, No. 2, 01.06.2005, p. 236-243.

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Hopko, DR, Armento, MEA, Hunt, MK, Bell, J & Lejuez, CW 2005, 'Behavior therapy for depressed cancer patients in primary care', Psychotherapy, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 236-243. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-3204.42.2.236
Hopko, D. R. ; Armento, M. E A ; Hunt, M. K. ; Bell, John ; Lejuez, C. W. / Behavior therapy for depressed cancer patients in primary care. In: Psychotherapy. 2005 ; Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 236-243.
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