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envisage a number of potential advantages to such an
approach. Firstly while psychotropic medication has a http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/6/14 role to play in treating mood disorders, it is not always
effective, nor is it acceptable to many patients . Secondly the group-based approach with its emphasis on the
development of mindfulness skills confers a number of
possible benefits over both individual and group psychotherapy. Apart from treating a greater number of patients
and helping to shorten waiting lists for psychological services, the mindfulness meditation format may appeal to
patients who would otherwise find talking about personal
problems in group therapy too threatening. By focusing
on the development of mindfulness skills and basing
MBCT in primary care, MBCT may be seen by patients
more along the lines of adult education rather than a
mental health intervention, thus helping to de-stigmatise
depression and anxiety. Finally non-specific group effects,
such as validation and normalisation, are likely to play an
important role in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
The aim of this exploratory pilot study was to investigate
the acceptability and effectiveness of MBCT in primary
care for patients with a history of relapsing depression
who had current symptoms of depression or depression
and anxiety. A mixed method approach was adopted,
involving both quantitative data (pre and post course validated depression and anxiety measures) and qualitative
data from semi-structured interviews 3 months after completion of the course. Methods
The following research questions were considered.
1. Is MBCT an acceptable intervention to patients with
anxiety and depression?
2. What benefit, if any, do patients derive from the mindfulness approach? (Does meditation practice aggravate
3. Do patients continue to employ mindfulness techniques to cope with adverse mental states, three months
after the course has finished?...
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