Evidence

Coaching is an innovative way to support cancer survivors in moving forward after treatment.
Below are several studies/initiatives that show coaching being effective in this field.

Coaching Study with the University of Southampton

LYLAC was involved in a feasibility study with Southampton University, Health Sciences in 2012 – 2013 with the School of Health. The study was entitled “Getting your life back after cancer, a feasibility study of life coaching”.

Seven different assessment scales have been used to measure the outcomes:

  • The New General Self-efficacy scale (Chen et al 2001)
  • Assessment of Survivorship Concerns (Gotay & Pagano 2007)
  • Hope Scale (Snyder et al 1991)
  • Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (QLACS) scale (Avis et al 2006)
  • Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HADS) scale (Zigmund & Snaith 1983 )
  • Social Difficulties Inventory (Wright et 2007)
  • Personal Wellbeing Index (Lau et al 2005)

All seven outcome measures indicated overall trends of improvement following the intervention, with improvements evident in the median scores.

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King's College Hospital London

A study at King’s College Hospital London showed that Life Coaching is effective in reducing both anxiety and depression after a cancer experience. Participants reported fewer concerns post intervention, were more confident and were able to plan for the future.

Lisa Rankin, MD on TEDx

Watch Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician explains how to create health in all aspects of life, NOT just by promoting healthy behaviours like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She found the proof in data collected by many studies at Yale and Harvard Universities, proving that addressing all these areas are just as important, if not more, to create health.
That’s exactly what we focus on in our LYLAC support programme, always keeping the bigger picture in mind and by supporting people in finding and creating balance in all these areas with increased resilience, health and balance as a result.

The Evidence for Coaching by the University of Sydney

At the conference “Coaching in Medicine and Leadership” at Harvard Medical School, the University of Sydney published “The evidence for Coaching”.

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Cancer Survivorship Coaching Coalition

More evidence-based studies are summarised in this document where several studies have shown that coaching is a valuable and valid way to support people struggling with health issues.