Protocol: A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care in the UK

Jones, Kerry; Methley, Abigail; Boyle, Geraldine; Garcia, Rebecca; Smith, K and Vseteckova, Jitka (2020). Protocol: A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care in the UK. Prospero - International Prospective register of Systematic Reviews (In Press).

Abstract

While considerable research has explored family spousal/partner and care giver experiences while receiving palliative care, there is a dearth of studies which focus on the experience of bereaved relatives and significant others of palliative care patients into bereavement (Constantinou, et al, 2019). Fewer still focus on how these individual bereavement experiences differ from the general population. This is despite the fact that grieving relatives can experience a number of consequences as a result of the death of a loved one, including, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Garrouste-Orgeas, et al, 2019).

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