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

If acceptable and effective we can envisage a number

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Unformatted text preview: re. If acceptable and effective we can 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 [12]. 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 depression?) 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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