Bibliotherapy: Appraisal of Evidence for Patients Diagnosed With Cancer.

Bibliotherapy: Appraisal of Evidence for Patients Diagnosed With Cancer.

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Aug 01;22(4):377-380

Authors: Malibiran R, Tariman JD, Amer K

Abstract
An appraisal of the evidence on the efficacy of bibliotherapy on anxiety, distress, and coping in patients with cancer is lacking in the literature. Bibliotherapy is a self-help intervention using a variety of tools, such as self-help workbooks, pamphlets, novels, and audiobooks, to improve mental health. This review identified nine original research articles that examined bibliotherapy as an intervention to alleviate the psychological issues associated with a cancer diagnosis. Data synthesis from these studies provides preliminary evidence that bibliotherapy is an acceptable and beneficial adjunct therapy for patients with cancer experiencing anxiety, depression, and ineffective coping.

PMID: 30035795 [PubMed – in process]