The role of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Healthcare: a scoping review

Rashidi, Amineh, Whitehead, Lisa, Newson, Lisa, Astin, Felicity, Gill, Paramjit, Lane, Deirdre, A., Lip, Gregory Y. H., Neubeck, Lis, Ski, Chantal, Thompson, David, R., Walthall, Helen and Jones, Ian, D. (2021) The role of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Healthcare: a scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (15). p. 8126. ISSN 1660-4601

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an adapted form of cognitive behavioural therapy. ACT focuses on how thinking affects behaviour and promotes psychological flexibility. The prevalence of psychological distress among people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is high, and ACT may offer an alternative treatment approach. This scoping review explored the use of ACT as an intervention to support adults living with CVD and/or T2DM. A systematic search of the literature resulted in the inclusion of 15 studies. Studies were reviewed using the Joanna Briggs Institute approach to conducting scoping reviews. Most studies (n = 13) related to people living with T2DM, and most (n = 10) used a pre-post design, four studies were randomised controlled trials, and one was a qualitative study. Eight studies reported an improvement in the outcome(s) assessed post-intervention, suggesting that ACT was an acceptable and valid intervention to support people living with CVD or T2DM. However, studies were underpowered and only limited studies involved people living with CVD. ACT was assessed as a valuable approach to improve a range of patient-reported outcomes for those living with CVD or T2DM, and further research involving robust study designs and larger cohorts are warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: acceptance and commitment therapy, cardiovascular, diabetes
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 09:30
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 10:28

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