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Table 4 A list of  reviews on psychological distress and quality of life (2008–2018)

From: Health-related quality of life in breast cancer patients: review of reviews from 2008 to 2018

Authors [References] Year Main focus Description/analysis No. of databases No. of included studies Performed QA Risk of bias assessment Result(s)
Reich et al. [73] 2008 Impact of depression on QOL Review NA NA No No Treatment of depression improves QOL and may increase longevity
Duijts et al. [74] 2011 Effect of behavioral techniques and physical exercise on psychosocial functioning and HRQOL outcomes Systematic review and meta-analysis 6 56 No No Behavioral techniques and physical exercise improve psychosocial functioning and HRQOL in breast cancer patients and survivors
Paraskevi [75] 2012 QOL outcomes Review 4 NA No No Psychological distress-anxiety and depression were common among BC patients. Pain, fatigue, and insomnia were the most common symptoms reported
Matsuda et al. [76] 2014 Effectiveness of psychoeducational support on quality of life Systematic review and meta-analysis CENTRAL 8 No Yes Psychosocial support in improving BC symptoms and in improving emotional well-being is effective within 6 months post-intervention
Chow et al. [77] 2016 Body Image and QOL Review 5 13 NA NA BC survivors were reported a poorer body image and deterioration in their QOL after treatment. There was not enough evidence of the correlation between body image and QOL
Ye et al. [78] 2018 Efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy on QOL and psychological health of survivors Meta-analysis 4 10 Yes Yes Due to the effectiveness of therapy for psychological symptoms, cognitive behavior therapy should be used as the intervention
Abrahams et al. [79] 2018 Relationship of fatigue with QOL and factors that can be addressed in psychological interventions Systematic review 5 57 Yes No Moderate to strong evidence appeared for a relationship of fatigue with depressive symptoms, anxiety, distress, sleep disturbances, lower physical activity levels, pain, difficulties with coping with cancer, and catastrophizing about symptoms
  1. QA quality appraisal, NA not available, QOL quality of life, HRQOL health-related quality of life, NA not applicable, CENTRAL Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, BCS breast cancer survivors