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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Oct;19(4):271-86. doi: 10.1177/2156587214543143. Epub 2014 Jul 22.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a stress management intervention for healthy individuals: a systematic review.

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1
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA manoj.sharma@uc.edu.
2
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.

Abstract

Stress is a global public health problem with several negative health consequences, including anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and suicide. Mindfulness-based stress reduction offers an effective way of reducing stress by combining mindfulness meditation and yoga in an 8-week training program. The purpose of this study was to look at studies from January 2009 to January 2014 and examine whether mindfulness-based stress reduction is a potentially viable method for managing stress. A systematic search from Medline, CINAHL, and Alt HealthWatch databases was conducted for all types of quantitative articles involving mindfulness-based stress reduction. A total of 17 articles met the inclusion criteria. Of the 17 studies, 16 demonstrated positive changes in psychological or physiological outcomes related to anxiety and/or stress. Despite the limitations of not all studies using randomized controlled design, having smaller sample sizes, and having different outcomes, mindfulness-based stress reduction appears to be a promising modality for stress management.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; mindfulness-based stress reduction; mind–body interventions; stress

PMID:
25053754
DOI:
10.1177/2156587214543143
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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