60 Cancer patients that were on chemotherapy at Rambam Medicial Center, the cancer center of northern Israel participate in once-weekly art therapy sessions (painting with water-based paints). 19 patients participated in greater or equal to 4 sessions were evaluated as the intervention group and 41 patients participated in greater or equal to 2 sessions comprised the participant group.
Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI) were completed before every session, relating to the previous week.
BFI scores were higher in the participant group (p = 0.06). In the intervention group, the median HADS score for depression was 9 at the beginning and 7 after the fourth appointment (p=0.021).
The conclusion, Anthroposophical art therapy did improved depression and influenced fatigue levels in cancer patients on chemotherapy. It is worthy of further study.
It also helps relieve depression in elderly, but I need to find more study reports about elderly.
Silence PowerPoint presentation (Sales Pitch) of my topic is due on Friday. It will be interesting to see everyone else’s.