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Reducing stress and anxiety in caregivers of lung transplant patients: benefits of mindfulness meditation.

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1
Department of Acute/Tertiary Care, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA.
2
School of Nursing, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Caregivers are a vital resource in the care of transplant candidates or recipients. However, few strategies have been tested that attempt to decrease the stress and anxiety they commonly encounter.

OBJECTIVE:

To test the feasibility of using mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques to decrease stress and anxiety in caregivers of lung transplant candidates/recipients who required admission to an acute care facility.

METHODS:

30 caregivers of lung transplant candidates/recipients were recruited during hospitalization of their significant other. Each completed the perceived stress scale (PSS) and state trait anxiety inventory (STAI) before and 4 weeks after receiving a DVD that demonstrated MBSR techniques. Participants were asked to practice MBSR techniques for 5-15 min a day for 4 weeks.

RESULTS:

The participants had a mean±SD age of 55.6±13.6 years; 77% of participants were female and 93% Caucasian. The mean PSS and STAI (trait and anxiety) scores of caregivers were higher than population norms pre- and post-intervention. Scores for caregivers who stated they watched the entire DVD and practiced MBSR techniques as requested (n=15) decreased significantly from pre- to post-testing for perceived stress (p=0.001), state anxiety (p=0.003) and trait anxiety (p=0.006). Scores for those who watched some or none of the DVD (n=15) did not change significantly.

CONCLUSION:

Caregivers can benefit from stress reduction techniques using MBSR.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety; Caregiver; Lung transplant; Meditation; Mindfulness; Stress

PMID:
25013679
PMCID:
PMC4089339

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