Qualitative analysis of constructed and emerging themes from a pilot experience of Compassion Centered Psychotherapy (PCC) in patients with advanced cancer

Cristina Prieto Larroya, Jacobo Chamorro López, Jordi Fernández Castro, Francisco Luis Gil Moncayo

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Abstract

© 2017, Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. All rights reserved. Introduction: People from the Catalan Institute of Oncology of Duran i Reinals have developed a model of “Psicoterapia grupal Centrada en la Compasión” (PCC), focused on patients with advanced cancer develops. The model works therapeutic constructs as “compassion” or “ self-compassion” with mindfulness to improve emotional distress and help to the personal and spiritual growth of these patients. Objective: This pilot study aims to assess the adequacy of the new model proposed of PCC. Specifically evaluates the adequacy of the constructs therapy worked and the existence of new issues relevant to the patient not included in the model, and the overall consistency of the model for the structure, tasks and content. Method: The methodology was qualitative, one cycle of 8 sessions of PCC was recorded and transcribed, and was made a thematic analysis of the content of the sessions. The analysis was performed by two reviewers independently. The final sample consisted of 9 patients. Result: The results indicate that in general there is a good adequacy of the constructs worked in therapy and the model. However, it will be necessary to include the issue of “interpersonal relationships”, very important for the patient and not included in the model. In addition, information of the main concerns of patients, difficulty performing some tasks proposed and positive feedback of psychotherapy and its participation, were obtained. Conclusions: This pilot study provides relevant information to adjust and improve the initial proposed model of PCC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-158
JournalPsicooncologia
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Compassion
  • Emotional distress
  • Mindfulness
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Qualitative research

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