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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2019 Mar - Apr;59(2):258-264. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2018.10.017. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Providing mindfulness meditation for patients with depression and anxiety in a community pharmacy: A pilot study.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to assess the impact of mindfulness meditation offered in a community pharmacy on patients with current anxiety or a history of anxiety, depression, or both.

SETTING:

Community pharmacy clinical space located in a grocery store.

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION:

An 8-week, once-per-week mindfulness meditation program for patients with anxiety or depression.

PRACTICE INNOVATION:

A pharmacist provided mindfulness meditation within the clinical space in a community pharmacy.

EVALUATION:

PHQ-9 and GAD-7 were used to assess prestudy and poststudy depression and anxiety severity, respectively. Items pertaining to participant demographics and experience in the program were also included.

RESULTS:

Twelve participants completed the study requirements. Three-quarters of participants experienced a reduction in the severity of their depression or anxiety, and no participant experienced an increase in the severity of his or her condition.

CONCLUSION:

Findings from this study indicated that a mindfulness meditation program delivered in a community pharmacy and provided by a pharmacist for patients with depression or anxiety, or both, can result in a reduction in severity of their conditions for participants.

PMID:
30552050
DOI:
10.1016/j.japh.2018.10.017

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