Palliative Medicine paper of the year

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Paper of the Year award for 2012

Professor Ed Watkins and his former PhD student John Galfin have won the newly instituted annual ‘Paper of the Year award’ for 2012 from the Palliative Medicine journal.

They received the award for their paper entitled ‘A brief guided self-help intervention for psychological distress in palliative care patients: A randomised controlled trial’.   They were up against all of the papers published in the print editions of the journal in 2012.  The award is judged by members of the Editorial Advisory Board and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.   John has been invited to the annual Palliative Medicine conference in Prague this year to receive the award.

The paper investigated whether reducing rumination (worry) in patients with life-threatening illnesses is important in addressing their psychological distress during treatment for their illness.  The authors designed a randomized controlled trial which evaluated 4 weeks of guided self-help that involved patients practising thinking more concretely by recalling specific and vivid memories of when they were completely absorbed in an activity or scene.  Participants completed a combination of standardised questionnaires to assess anxiety, depression, and quality of life.

The findings suggest that a brief guided self-help intervention based on concreteness training can be effective in addressing anxiety in patients with life-threatening illnesses.

To read the full paper please see the April 2012 edition of Palliative Medicine journal, or if you are a staff/student of the University of Exeter, access this journal online through the library.

Date: 21 May 2013

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