Aim: To answer the questions of whether a Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) skills group facilitated
face-to-face and online can improve measures of Quality of Life (QOL) in a population of
Value of Study: Technological advances have contributed to new venues for healthcare
delivery. It is imperative that these new delivery methods, for individual and/or group
psychosocial services are sufficiently tested and validated. Research shows that there is
very little knowledge about differences in communication styles between online and
face-to-face groups, nor is there much knowledge on the overall efficacy of online groups.
Phenomenon Studied: Can MBM skills groups improve the quality of life of cancer patients? Is
there a difference in outcome between a MBM skills group delivered face-to-face and a MBM
skills group delivered online.
Reasons Leading to Proposing the Project: Despite encouraging research showing that
psychosocial interventions have positive effects in the lives of cancer patients, more
research is needed due to several problems of current research, such as poor study design,
lack of use of technological advances and relatively few existing studies on the
effectiveness of MBM therapies in the oncological setting.
There is no difference between baseline QOL measures and QOL measures at the end of
face-to-face facilitated MBM skills groups.
There is no difference between baseline QOL measures and QOL measures at the end of Online
facilitated MBM skills groups.
Participation in either, online facilitated MBM skills groups or face-to-face facilitated MBM
skills groups will improve QOL measures when compared to control group.
Patients in the control group (waitlist control, care as usual group) will have no
improvement on QOL measures.
Anticipated Value to the Larger Community: According to the National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) "…there is a need for reliable, objective, evidence-based
information regarding the usefulness and safety—or lack thereof—of CAM" (National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011, p.3). This study will add to general scientific
knowledge of CAM and MBM.