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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Aug;74(4):714-9.

Passage meditation reduces perceived stress in health professionals: a randomized, controlled trial.

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Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA, USA. dougoman@post.harvard.edu

Abstract

The authors evaluated an 8-week, 2-hr per week training for physicians, nurses, chaplains, and other health professionals using nonsectarian, spiritually based self-management tools based on passage meditation (E. Easwaran, 1978/1991). Participants were randomized to intervention (n = 27) or waiting list (n = 31). Pretest, posttest, and 8- and 19-week follow-up data were gathered on 8 measures, including perceived stress, burnout, mental health, and psychological well-being. Aggregated across examinations, beneficial treatment effects were observed on stress (p = .0013) and mental health (p = .03). Treatment effects on stress were mediated by adherence to practices (p = .05). Stress reductions remained large at 19 weeks (84% of the pretest standard deviation, p = .006). Evidence suggests this program reduces stress and may enhance mental health.

PMID:
16881779
DOI:
10.1037/0022-006X.74.4.714
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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