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Invited Commentary
June 10, 2013

Creative Arts Therapies Defined: Comment on “Effects of Creative Arts Therapies on Psychological Symptoms and Quality of Life in Patients with Cancer”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Creative Arts Therapies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(11):969. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6145

A diagnosis of cancer and subsequent treatments may result in significant emotional, physical, and social suffering, placing cancer survivors at greater risk for mental health issues.1,2 Therefore, the care of cancer patients should incorporate services that help meet patients' psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Creative arts therapies (CATs), such as dance/movement, music, art, poetry, drama, and psychodrama, are increasingly used to aid in the care of cancer patients and in their recovery. The results of several systematic reviews, as referenced in the study by Puetz et al3 have reported small to moderate effects of music, art, and dance/movement therapies on a variety of psychological outcomes in cancer patients. The systematic review by Puetz and colleagues aims to expand the existing evidence base by identifying potential moderators of the efficacy of CATs during and after cancer treatment.

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