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17-11-2017 10:00 AM

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17-11-2017 11:30 AM

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Effects of Art Therapy During Chemotherapy Sessions: An Integrative Literature Review

Samantha Scholzen

Dr. Elizabeth Hartman, PhD, RN

Abstract

Background: Individuals undergoing cancer treatment experience many physical, psychological, and social adverse side effects that may be addressed with complementary and alternative medicine, such as art therapy.

Purpose: The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of art therapy for cancer patients during chemotherapy sessions.

Methods: This integrative literature review was conducted using the keywords “art therapy” and “neoplasms” to search the literature between 2006 and 2017. The databases used in this literature search were CINAHL, PsycInfo, and PubMed.

Results: Findings in this review suggest that patients who participated in art therapy during their chemotherapy sessions exhibited adverse effect improvement in levels of fatigue, depression, nervousness, and pain. Additionally, patients reported that art therapy was a helpful intervention in developing coping skills, improve overall well-being, and improved patient-staff relationships.

Conclusion: Implementing art therapy into patient care during chemotherapy sessions may help to improve overall quality of life of patients receiving chemotherapy by reducing adverse side effects.

Keywords: art therapy, cancer patients, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, neoplasms

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Effects of Art Therapy During Chemotherapy Sessions

Effects of Art Therapy During Chemotherapy Sessions: An Integrative Literature Review

Samantha Scholzen

Dr. Elizabeth Hartman, PhD, RN

Abstract

Background: Individuals undergoing cancer treatment experience many physical, psychological, and social adverse side effects that may be addressed with complementary and alternative medicine, such as art therapy.

Purpose: The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of art therapy for cancer patients during chemotherapy sessions.

Methods: This integrative literature review was conducted using the keywords “art therapy” and “neoplasms” to search the literature between 2006 and 2017. The databases used in this literature search were CINAHL, PsycInfo, and PubMed.

Results: Findings in this review suggest that patients who participated in art therapy during their chemotherapy sessions exhibited adverse effect improvement in levels of fatigue, depression, nervousness, and pain. Additionally, patients reported that art therapy was a helpful intervention in developing coping skills, improve overall well-being, and improved patient-staff relationships.

Conclusion: Implementing art therapy into patient care during chemotherapy sessions may help to improve overall quality of life of patients receiving chemotherapy by reducing adverse side effects.

Keywords: art therapy, cancer patients, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, neoplasms