Mind-body interventions for vasomotor symptoms in healthy menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. A systematic review
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Mind-body therapies are commonly recommended to treat vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats (HFNS). The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the available evidence to date for the efficacy of different mind-body therapies to alleviate HFNS in healthy menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were identified using seven electronic search engines, direct searches of specific journals and backwards searches through reference lists of related publications. Outcome measures included HFNS frequency and/or severity or self-reported problem rating at post-treatment. The methodological quality of all studies was systematically assessed using predefined criteria. Twenty-six RCTs met the inclusion criteria. Interventions included yoga (n?=?5), hypnosis (n?=?3), mindfulness (n?=?2), relaxation (n?=?7), paced breathing (n?=?4), reflexology (n?=?1) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (n?=?4). Findings were consistent for the effectiveness of CBT and relaxation therapies for alleviating troublesome vasomotor symptoms. For the remaining interventions, although some trials indicated beneficial effects (within groups) at post-treatment and/or follow up, between group findings were mixed and overall, methodological differences across studies failed to provide convincing supporting evidence. Collectively, findings suggest that interventions that include breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as CBT, can be beneficial for alleviating vasomotor symptoms. Additional large, methodologically rigorous trials are needed to establish the efficacy of interventions on vasomotor symptoms, examine long-term outcomes and understand how they work.

Author(s): 
Stefanopoulou, Evgenia
Grunfeld, Elizabeth Alice
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol
Publication Date: 
2017-09
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
210-225
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
1743-8942
DOI: 
10.1080/0167482X.2016.1235147
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 27832718

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Evgenia Stefanopoulou and Elizabeth Alice Grunfeld. 2017-09. "Mind-body interventions for vasomotor symptoms in healthy menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. A systematic review." Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology 38: 3: 210-225. 10.1080/0167482X.2016.1235147.

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