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J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Feb;16(2):187-92. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0142.

Exploring the effectiveness of a comprehensive mind-body intervention for medical symptom relief.

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Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to describe possible changes in physical and psychologic symptoms among outpatients completing a 12-week mind-body medical symptom reduction program related to chronic medical conditions.

DESIGN:

The cornerstone of the program is elicitation of the relaxation response, and the curriculum also incorporates trainings on mind-body interactions, cognitive restructuring, nutrition, and physical activity. The Medical Symptom Checklist (MSCL), Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile-II (HPLP-II) and Symptom Checklist-90R (SCL-90-R) were used to assess 331 patients' physical and psychologic symptoms before and after the intervention.

RESULTS:

Significant post-treatment improvements in symptom frequency occurred for 12 individual symptoms on the MSCL, all 6 of the HPLP-II subscales, and 8 of the 9 SCL-90-R subscales from pre- to post-treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results from this uncontrolled study suggest that a comprehensive mind-body intervention program might be useful as a complementary or adjunct therapy for treatment of chronic medical symptoms.

PMID:
20180692
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2009.0142
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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