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Recover your smile : effects of a beauty care intervention on depressive symptoms, quality of life, and selfesteem in patients with early breast cancer
VerfasserRichard, Anna ; Harbeck, Nadia ; Wuerstlein, Rachel ; Wilhelm, Frank H.
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Psycho-Oncology, Hoboken, 2019, Jg. 28, S. 401-407
ErschienenHoboken : Wiley, 2019
SpracheEnglisch
DokumenttypAufsatz in einer Zeitschrift
Schlagwörter (EN)appearancerelated side effects / breast cancer / beauty care intervention / cancer distress / oncology / patientreported outcomes / psycho-oncology / psychosocial intervention / supportive care
ISSN1099-1611
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-11088 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.1002/pon.4957 
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Objective

Medical cancer treatment is often accompanied by appearancerelated side effects such as hair loss, skin irritation, and paleness, which can subsequently lead to psychosocial distress. Initial evidence suggests that beauty care interventions may reduce distress and improve quality of life (QoL), body image, and selfesteem immediately.

Methods

We investigated the effects of a brief beauty care intervention on selfreported symptoms of depression, quality of life, body image, and selfesteem in 39 female primary breast cancer patients with appearancerelated treatment side effects. Patients were randomly assigned either to an immediate intervention group (IG) or to a waitlist control (WL). The intervention consisted of a singlesession group makeup workshop, a photo shooting, and of receiving professionally edited portrait and upperbody photos.

Results

While groups did not differ regarding any measure at the pretreatment baseline assessment, IG patients reported less symptoms of depression, higher QoL, and higher selfesteem compared with baseline and compared with WL. Followup at 8 weeks indicated moderate stability of these improvements.

Conclusions

In contrast to previous research, results indicate beneficial shortterm and midterm effects of beauty care on psychological outcomes in patients with early breast cancer. These results emphasize the utility of this type of brief, lowcost intervention in women undergoing medical cancer treatment in order to improve their wellbeing.

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