Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cancer: A meta-analysis

Dianne Ledesma, Hiroaki Kumano*

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Objective: This meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the e.ects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on the mental and physical health status of various cancer patients. Methods: Ten studies (randomized-controlled trials and observational studies) were found to be eligible for meta-analysis. Individual study results were categorized into mental and physical variables and Cohen's effect size d was computed for each category. Results: MBSR may indeed be helpful for the mental health of cancer patients (Cohen's effect size d=0.48); however, more research is needed to show convincing evidence of the effect on physical health (Cohen's effect size d=0.18). Conclusion: The results suggest that MBSR may improve cancer patients' psychosocial adjustment to their disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Effect size
  • Meta-analysis
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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