1. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Nov;19(3):247-54. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.031. Epub
2010 Sep 20.

Distance delivery of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: project 

Thompson NJ(1), Walker ER, Obolensky N, Winning A, Barmon C, Diiorio C, Compton

Author information: 
(1)Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of
Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. nthomps@emory.edu

This study evaluated the efficacy of a newly developed, home-based depression
intervention for people with epilepsy. Based on mindfulness-based cognitive
therapy (MBCT), the eight-session, weekly intervention was designed for group
delivery via the Internet or telephone. Forty participants were randomly assigned
to intervention or waitlist. Depressive symptoms and other outcomes were measured
at baseline, after intervening in the intervention group (~8 weeks), and after
intervening in the waitlist group (~16 weeks). Depressive symptoms decreased
significantly more in the intervention group than the waitlist group; Internet
and telephone did not differ. This effect persisted over the 8 weeks when those
waitlisted received the intervention. Knowledge/skills increased significantly
more in the intervention than the waitlist group. All other changes, though not
significant, were in the expected direction. Findings indicate that distance
delivery of group MBCT can be effective in reducing symptoms of depression in
people with epilepsy. Directions for future research are proposed.

Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.031 
PMID: 20851055  [Indexed for MEDLINE]