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Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2018 Jun 18;14:1599-1605. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S160761. eCollection 2018.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in patients with depression: current perspectives.

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Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada.


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed to prevent relapse in individuals with depressive disorders. This widely used intervention has garnered considerable attention and a comprehensive review of current trends is warranted. As such, this review provides an overview of efficacy, mechanisms of action, and concludes with a discussion of dissemination. Results provided strong support for the efficacy of MBCT despite some methodological shortcomings in the reviewed literature. With respect to mechanisms of action, specific elements, such as mindfulness, repetitive negative thinking, self-compassion and affect, and cognitive reactivity have emerged as important mechanisms of change. Finally, despite a lack of widespread MBCT availability outside urban areas, research has shown that self-help variations are promising. Combined with findings that teacher competence may not be a significant predictor of treatment outcome, there are important implications for dissemination. Taken together, this review shows that while MBCT is an effective treatment for depression, continued research in the areas of efficacy, mechanisms of action, and dissemination are recommended.


MBCT; dissemination; efficacy; major depressive disorder; mechanisms of action; mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

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Disclosure The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

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