The Role of Acceptance and Commitment-based Group Therapy on Pain Tolerance and State-trait Anxiety in Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients


  • Mahdi Fatemizadeh Department of Neuroscience and Addiction Studies, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Farideh Ghavasi Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University of Bojnourd, North Khorasan, Iran
  • Benyamin Siran Hesari Department of English language, Faculty of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Imam Reza International University, Mashhad, Iran
  • Iman Akbarzadeh Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Biotechnology Research Center, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Nasim Nadi Moghadam Department of Neuroscience and Addiction Studies, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Masoomeh Shirzad Drug Design and Bioinformatics Unit, Medical Biotechnology Department, Biotechnology Research Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran



Group therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, gastrointestinal cancer, pain tolerance, anxiety.


The main purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of acceptance and commitment group therapy on pain tolerance and state-trait anxiety in patients with gastrointestinal cancer. This quasi-experimental study was performed with pretest, posttest and control group. There were 24 participants in the study, 12 of them in the control group and other 12 in the experimental group. The experimental group received eight sessions of acceptance and commitment based therapy and the control group received no psychotherapy. The instruments used in this study were short-form McGill Pain questionnaire-2 and state-trait anxiety questionnaire. Results showed an increase in pain tolerance and decrease in anxiety in patients in the experimental group.


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How to Cite

Mahdi Fatemizadeh, Farideh Ghavasi, Benyamin Siran Hesari, Iman Akbarzadeh, Nasim Nadi Moghadam, & Masoomeh Shirzad. (2019). The Role of Acceptance and Commitment-based Group Therapy on Pain Tolerance and State-trait Anxiety in Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients . Journal of Analytical Oncology, 8, 63–67.