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Behav Cogn Psychother. 2014 Jan;42(1):1-15. doi: 10.1017/S1352465813000234. Epub 2013 Apr 3.

Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a randomized controlled pilot study.

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University of Canberra, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) has been demonstrated to be effective for reducing chronic pain symptoms; however, the use of MBT for Chronic Tension-Type Headache (CTH) exclusively has to date not been examined. Typically, MBT for chronic pain has involved an 8-week program based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Recent research suggests briefer mindfulness-based treatments may be effective for chronic pain.

AIMS:

To conduct a pilot study into the efficacy of brief MBT for CTH.

METHOD:

We conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief (6-session, 3-week) MBT for CTH.

RESULTS:

Results indicated a significant decrease in headache frequency and an increase in the mindfulness facet of Observe in the treatment but not wait-list control group.

CONCLUSION:

Brief MBT may be an effective intervention for CTH.

PMID:
23552390
DOI:
10.1017/S1352465813000234
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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