Efficacy of a Spanish-Language Self-Administered Stress Management Training intervention for Latinas undergoing chemotherapy

Aasha I. Hoogland, Suzanne C Lechner, Brian D. Gonzalez, Brent J. Small, Dinorah M. Tyson, Yasmin Asvat, Anna Barata, Maria F. Gomez, Yvelise Rodriguez, Heather S.L. Jim, Michael H Antoni, Paul B. Jacobsen, Cathy D. Meade

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Background: Cancer patients often report increased stress during chemotherapy. Stress management training has been shown to reduce this adverse outcome, but few interventions exist for Spanish-speaking Hispanic and Latina women (Latinas). Methods: Following community feedback (including focus groups/in-depth interviews), we transcreated the Spanish-Language Self-Administered Stress Management Training (SL-SAT) intervention based on our previously developed and implemented English-based intervention. Latinas about to begin chemotherapy were randomized to SL-SAT (n = 121) or usual care (n = 119). A Spanish-speaking interventionist met with SL-SAT participants who received the SL-SAT toolkit containing instructions in 3 well-established stress management techniques (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery, and use of coping self-statements). Usual care participants received an educational booklet about coping with chemotherapy. All patients were instructed by nurses on their chemotherapy medications and given a resource listing of local support groups. Outcomes were obtained at baseline, and 7 and 13 weeks after starting chemotherapy. Primary outcomes included anxiety and depression, cancer-related distress, emotional well-being, and spiritual well-being. Secondary outcomes included functional well-being, social/family well-being, physical well-being, symptom severity, and self-efficacy for managing stress. Data were analyzed by using mixed models. Results: In both groups, improvements were observed in emotional well-being (P =.01), and declines were observed in functional well-being (P =.05), and physical well-being (P <.0001). Symptom severity increased across the follow-up period (P <.001). Conclusions: To be effective, stress management interventions for Latinas receiving chemotherapy may necessitate more attention from an interventionist, delivery of the intervention over a longer interval, and/or a group-based format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1305-1311
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018



  • cancer
  • chemotherapy
  • Latinas
  • oncology
  • stress management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Hoogland, A. I., Lechner, S. C., Gonzalez, B. D., Small, B. J., Tyson, D. M., Asvat, Y., Barata, A., Gomez, M. F., Rodriguez, Y., Jim, H. S. L., Antoni, M. H., Jacobsen, P. B., & Meade, C. D. (2018). Efficacy of a Spanish-Language Self-Administered Stress Management Training intervention for Latinas undergoing chemotherapy. Psycho-Oncology, 27(4), 1305-1311. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4673