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

Vseteckova, Jitka; Jones, Kerry; Methley, Abigail; Boyle, Geraldine and Garcia, Rebecca 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. NIHR: National Institute for Health Research.

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Abstract

A preliminary search for existing systematic reviews and/or scoping reviews on the topic was conducted. Within the UK there are limited primary research papers and research syntheses available on this topic.

No other systematic review has been published or registered with Prospero or Cochrane, which specifically focuses on determining the effectiveness of ACT, when compared to other therapies, in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care following a diagnoses of a terminal illness and at the end of life.

The aim of the current systematic review is to determine the effectiveness of ACT compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care.

Following the SPIDER framework (Cooke et al., 2012) this systematic review aims to synthetize existing knowledge, identify gaps in the literature and provide recommendations for future research.

Research question
How effective is ACT compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses/partners of adults who had received palliative care

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