The Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Group Intervention on Post-Traumatic Growth: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Document Type: Original article


1 Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

2 Department of Health Psychology, Research Center of Spiritual Health, School of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 - Faculty of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health, Tehran Institute of Psychiatry, Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Tehran, Iran - Spiritual Health Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Breast Disease Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Background: Breast cancer is a chronic disease that leads to many psychological problems that are involved in treatment and adherence to treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of psychoeducational group intervention on psychological factors that help the patients in the treatment process.
Methods: In this study, 80 patients were selected by using convenience sampling at Imam Khomeini Hospital. They were randomly allocated either to the intervention group or to the control group. All participants completed the questionnaires of post-traumatic growth, quality of life, subjective well-being, adherence to treatment and social support. The results were analyzed by SPSS-18 software using univariate and multivariate analysis.
Results: According to the results, the applied intervention had a significant effect on post-traumatic growth as a primary outcome, and also on subjective well-being and adherence to treatment as secondary outcomes.
Conclusion: Psychoeducational group intervention in women with breast cancer can affect the treatment and provide better response to treatment through the improvement of post-traumatic growth, subjective well-being and adherence to treatment.


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