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Nature-Based Interventions and Exposure among Cancer Survivors: A Scoping Review

Erica R. Timko Olson (), Anthony A. Olson, Megan Driscoll and Amber L. Vermeesch
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Erica R. Timko Olson: School of Nursing, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, 308 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Anthony A. Olson: St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321, USA
Megan Driscoll: School of Nursing, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, 308 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Amber L. Vermeesch: Department of Family and Community Nursing, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27403, USA

IJERPH, 2023, vol. 20, issue 3, 1-12

Abstract: Background and purpose: nature-based interventions (NBI) have been shown to have positive effects on physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health. The purpose of this scoping literature review was to describe what is known regarding the cancer survivor experience in relationship to their interaction with the natural environment. Description/methods: this review was completed using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR). The research strategy included a combination of these terms: cancer, neoplasms, nature, and forest therapy. The articles were blinded and screened by four independent researchers. A total of twelve articles were selected. Outcome/results: a total of 2786 cancer survivors participated in the twelve studies with multiple types and stages of cancer represented. The studies used multiple designs and measures. Results showed improvements in anxiety, depression, sleep, connectedness, stress, tension, confusion, fatigue, and pain. Participants reported that nature was the most important resource in coping with their cancer. Conclusions and implications: nature is beneficial for cancer survivors while they experience cancer diagnosis and treatment. Nature opportunities can be feasibly delivered with this population and need to be explored further and safely implemented to support the overall health and well-being of cancer survivors.

Keywords: cancer; neoplasms; nature-based therapy; forest therapy; survivorship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I I1 I3 Q Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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