Many complementary therapies have been in use for hundreds of years, but research into their effects has only been relatively recent. A lack of rigorous evidence does not mean that the therapies are not beneficial. Indeed we know from our Visitors’ feedback that our therapies are very helpful.

Our research reports into the effectivess of certain therapies have been published widely in a range of professional journals summarised below. You can also download our publication The Haven research and service evaulation: 10 year report.

If you have any questions about our research or service evaluation, please contact: Dr Barbara Baker, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, The Haven, 020 7384 0044  

Baker B.S., Hoffman C.J. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce the side effects associated with tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor use in women with breast cancer: A service evaluation. European Journal of Integrative medicine 2015; 7: 136-142.

Baker, B.S., Harrington, J.E., Hoffman, C.JA service evaluation of the Haven at Home as a support programme for breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Integrated Medicine  2013; 5:153-164.

Hoffman, Caroline J., Ersser, Steven J., Hopkinson, Jane B., Nicholls, Peter G., Harrington, Julia E., Thomas, Peter W. Effectiveness of mindfulness based stress reduction in mood, breast- and endocrine related quality of life and wellbeing in stages 0 to III breast cancer. A randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012; 30: 1335- 1342.

Harrington, J.E,, Baker, B.S., Hoffman, C.J. Effect of an integrated support programme on the concerns and well-being of women with breast cancer: a national service evaluation published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2012; 18: 10-15.

Baker B.S., Harrington JE, Choi B.-S., Kropf P., Muller I.,  Hoffman C.JA randomised controlled pilot feasibility study of the physical and psychological effects of an integrated support programme in women with breast cancer. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2012; 18: 182-189.

Hoffman, Caroline J., Ersser, Steven J., Hopkinson, Jane B.Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in breast cancer: a qualitative analysis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2012; 18:221-226.

Baker B.S., Harrington J.E.Hoffman, C.J. The effects of integrating the Haven programme with standard medical treatment in women with breast cancer: a pilot feasibility study. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2011; 3(2): e110-e111. Poster abstract.

Seers H.E., Gale N., Paterson C., Cooke H.J., Tuffrey V., Polley M.J.Individualised and complex experiences of integrative cancer support care: combining qualitative and quantitative data. Supportive Care in Cancer 2009; 17(9): 1159-1167. (In collaboration with Penny Brohn Cancer Care.)

Polley M.J., Seers H.E., Cooke H.J., Hoffman C., Paterson C. How to summarise and report written qualitative data from patients: a method for use in cancer support care. Supportive Care in Cancer 2007; 15(8): 963-971. (In collaboration with Penny Brohn Cancer Care.)

Jeffs E. Treating breast cancer related lymphoedema at the London Haven: A clinical audit. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2006; 10: 71 -79.