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Dialogue House is seeking to
organize independent research studies to determine the effectiveness of the
Intensive Journal® method in helping specific patient populations. In
the areas of wellness, the studies cover several patient populations such as
those who are:
(1) learning to cope with a major physical illness
(e.g. cancer) or
(2) dealing with issues underlying or contributing to
the illness (e.g. an addiction).
Please contact Jon Progoff
(800-221-5844) or email:
for more information if you would like to help us organize a study.
Study with Prostate Cancer Patients Advances at Johns Hopkins
A pilot research study is being
organized to use the
Intensive Journal method with prostate cancer patients from
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland.
The proposed study will seek to
determine the effectiveness of the Intensive Journal method
in addressing the emotional needs of cancer patients as a means of
fostering greater integrated wellness. These patients face either
life threatening issues of the illness, or at minimum, transitional
life issues in coping or adjusting to the reality of having cancer.
The study would be supervised and
coordinated by Jacek Mostwin, M.D., D.Phil., a senior urologist in
the Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a
professor in the Urology Department of Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine. Dr. Mostwin has also attended several
Intensive Journal programs. The Department of Urology is a
widely recognized cancer treatment facility and has treated
approximately 7,500 patients to date.
Patients who are selected for the
study would attend public workshops in their locale, principally the
greater Baltimore area. They will then share their experiences with
the research team, such as by participating in outcome studies or
interviews, or providing other written documents, to see if there is
a statistically significant change in the quality of life
measurements. Dr. Mostwin emphasized that the research team would
honor the privacy of each participant and would not read their
workbook entries. This is one example of how the study would seek to
maintain the integrity and authenticity of the workshop experience.
The proposed study is subject to
review and approval of the hospital’s institutional review board.