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Exploring the perceptions of cancer survivors of a mindfulness intervention at a tertiary hospital in Singapore: A descriptive qualitative study

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posted on 04.05.2022, 02:03 by Li Pin Sharon Goei, Violeta LopezVioleta Lopez, Piyanee Klainin-Yobas
Background Cancer survivors often experience physical and psychological symptoms that may affect their daily activities and quality of life. A mindfulness-based psychoeducation for cancer survivors, (MindCAN) program, has been established to help cancer survivors manage their physical and psychological symptoms. This study aimed to explore perceptions of participants who attended the MindCAN program. Methods A descriptive qualitative study was conducted at a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Purposive sampling was used to recruit adult cancer survivors. They attended the MindCAN program that was conducted once a week for 8 weeks, comprising education and mindfulness practice. Two focus group interviews were conducted to elicit the participants’ perceptions of the program. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. A thematic analysis was performed to identify essential themes and subthemes. Trustworthiness, including creditability, confirmability, dependability, and transferability were ascertained. Results A total of 13 participants were recruited. Most of whom were Chinese, female, and single. The participants’ perceptions were documented in five major themes: heightened awareness of the self, enriching body experiences through mindfulness practice, cultivating powerful minds and positive emotions, integrating mindfulness to daily life, and embracing interpersonal mindfulness. Conclusion Overall, the MindCAN program received positive comments from cancer survivors. They reported increased selfawareness, pleasant body experiences, positive thinking and emotions, and relaxation. Future research is required to test the effectiveness of the program.

History

Volume

29

Issue

5

Start Page

2723

End Page

2733

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1433-7339

ISSN

0941-4355

Publisher

Springer

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

18/09/2020

External Author Affiliations

National University of Singapore; Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Supportive Care in Cancer