A systematic review exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness for sexual functioning in women with cancer

Banbury, Samantha, Chandler, Chris and Lusher, Joanne (2023) A systematic review exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness for sexual functioning in women with cancer. Psych, 5 (1). pp. 194-208. ISSN 2624-8611

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Abstract / Description

Sexual intimacy is a basic human need that is associated with quality of life whereby its absence can significantly impact both interpersonal and personal wellbeing. This systematic review aimed to provide an up-to-date evaluation of the available literature on mindfulness treatments for sexual functioning in women diagnosed with cancer. Electronic searches including PubMed, PsycINFO, Web of Science and registered clinical trials yielded 10 studies that met the inclusion criteria. The results showed that treatment intervention designs varied and included mixed methods, randomised clinical trials, single arm non-randomised trials and those with the absence of any control. Furthermore, both brief and longer-term mindfulness interventions were trialled across different sexual domains. Whilst inconclusive, mindfulness-based interventions appear to support sexual function and quality of life in both early- and post-cancer survivors. However, in some instances, there were outcome inconsistencies in sexual desire, arousal and orgasm. This review has identified a current shortage in research on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based treatments for supporting sexual functioning in women with cancer; and so far, no research has been conducted in palliative care. This unmet need in supporting sexual functioning in women with cancer, including palliative care, carries important implications for both psychosexual and oncological healthcare services as sexual intimacy does not end with cancer diagnosis or prognosis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer; mindfulness; sexual function; palliative care; quality of life; women
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 11:23
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2023 11:23
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/8370


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