Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can lead to improvement in patients suffering from chronic pain or depression, according to a new study. The study tested 28 individuals between 34 and 77 of age who had experienced chronic pain for at least one year. They participated in an 8-week MBSR course focusing on awareness and non-judgment. Following the study, 25 of the participants (89%) said the program helped them better cope with pain, and the remaining three were neutral.
- Participants also reported that depression had decreased 3.7 points on a 27-point scale from a questionnaire called PHQ-9.
- The study also included yoga, and suggested that yoga and meditation combined could improve "patients' perceptions of pain, depression, and disability."
- A separate study suggested that meditation could help patients with a skin disease alter their self-perception and improve their quality of life.