The Effects of Community-Based Mind Subtraction Meditation Program on Quality of Life, Life Satisfaction, and Expectancy of Satisfactory Life in Cancer Survivors
Journal of East-West Nursing Research 2016; 22(2)
Kim, Myoungsuk Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea
Choi, Eun-Hi Research Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Yun, MiRa Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
Purposes: The purposes of this study were to develop a community-based Mind Subtraction meditation program for cancer survivors and examine the effectiveness of the developed program on quality of life, life satisfaction, and expectancy of satisfactory life in cancer survivors.
Methods: This study used a one group, pretest-posttest design. A 5-week community-based meditation program for cancer survivors was offered twice a week with each session up to 2 hours. 10 cancer survivors who had completed cancer treatments participated in this study. Data were collected using self-reported questionnaires and personal journals about the meditation experience from September 10 to December 11, 2015 at a health center branch in Seoul, South Korea.
Results : There were statistically significant differences in physical domain of quality of life (QOL) expectancy of satisfactory life.
Conclusion : This study shows that the community-based Mind Subtraction meditation program for cancer survivors can be considered as an effective nursing intervention to improve quality of life and expectancy of satisfactory life among cancer survivors in a community setting.
Key words: Mind Subtraction Meditation, Meditation, Self-esteem, Grateful disposition, Elementary students