The psychosocial impact and value of participating in a storytelling intervention for patients diagnosed with cancer: an integrative review

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Interventions have recently been developed to test the therapeutic value of storytelling for people with cancer. This evidence includes different designs, as a result an integrative review is needed that can determine the impact and value of storytelling interventions for people with cancer.
To undertake an integrative review of evidence identifying the impact and outcomes from storytelling interventions for people with cancer.
An integrative review of group based storytelling interventions using a qualitative led-synthesis.
Eleven studies were identified with a total of 493 (49 female, 16 male, 428 not disclosed) people included. Two major themes were identified: (a) content of interaction and (b) outcomes from the interventions. Six sub-themes were identified. The results provided a unique insight into the psycho-emotional impact of storytelling interventions.
It is essential that health care professionals understand the core benefits of storytelling for people with cancer. Further interventions are needed to identify an approach which could be applied within clinical settings.


Original languageEnglish
Article number92369
JournalOpen Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number02
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2019


  • Cancer, Storytelling, Narrative, Rehabilitation

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