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

However there were exceptions to this one woman who

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Unformatted text preview: ch concluded – "while treated participants improved substantially participants still had pronounced depressive symptomatology relative to normative levels of depressive symptoms seen in nondepressed controls" [16]. In general there was relatively good agreement between quantitative results and the findings from the qualitative interviews with patients who reported an improvement in their affect at interview also recording positive change in their BDI/BAI scores. However, there were exceptions to this. One woman who reported feeling better than before scored higher on both BDI and BAI following the course and another participants who scores fell significantly following the course was not sure if he felt much improvement in his mood. At the present time we are unable to explain these discrepancies between the qualitative and quantitative findings. Page 11 of 14 (page number not for citation purposes) BMC Psychiatry 2006, 6:14 Interpreting the findings There are several possible interpretations of the findings in this exploratory study, all of which require further research to answer. The acquisition of 'mindfulness skills' as a result of MBCT training may be central to alleviating affective disorders in this patient group. However it may be that these skills were not sufficiently developed and integrated into the lives of the minority of participants who did not report benefit; with additional time and practice, mindfulness training may perhaps have proven beneficial. In addition, as we have pointed out in the methods section, we took a decision to slightly shorten the body scan and guided meditation practices. It could also be that by shortening these required practices, we prevented some participants from getting 'full exposure' to MBCT training within the eight-week course. Clearly this is a contentious issue, which requires further elucidation. On the other hand, there could be important therapeutic elements missing from the MBCT program that significantly hinder its effectiveness as a intervention for long standing depression and anxiety for certain individuals. Elements known to be effective in the treatment of affectiv...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.

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