an exploratory mixed methods study of the acceptability and effectiveness of mindfulness

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Unformatted text preview: ety scores cannot be directly attributed to the intervention. Only two quantitative measures were used and data was collected at only 2 points, one at the beginning of the group and the second three months after completing the course. The follow up duration was relatively short so it is not clear whether mindfulness training produces long term changes in affect. The author who led the group (AF) had no previous experience of running MBCT groups and a more experienced facilitator may have achieved better results. However, it should be noted that the participants felt that the facilitator was very empathic and understanding, and it was clear that a good therapeutic relationship developed between the facilitator and the group members. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/6/14 Conclusion Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, originally developed for non-depressed patients with a history of relapsing depression, may be acceptable and beneficial to patients with active depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety are amongst the commonest problems seen by primary care professionals and group based interventions have the potential to offer cost-effective treatment to larger numbers of patients than individual therapy, alleviating the existing pressure on psychology services. However, if group based mindfulness approaches to mental health are to play a role in primary care then careful attention must be paid to training, capacity building and quality assurance. Further research is warranted that compares group based MBCT to other group based psychological interventions. Competing interests The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests. Authors' contributions SWM supervised all aspects of the study and analysis and carried out the qualitative interviews. He also carried out the statistical analysis and assisted in writing the paper. AF ran the MBCT course and analysed the qualitative data, and wrote the initial draft of the paper, as well as contributing to the developme...
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