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Title: Does mindfulness meditation contribute to health? outcome evaluation of a German sample
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: M. Majumdar
P. Grossman
B. Dietz-Waschkowski
S. Kersig
H. Walach

Description: OBJECTIVES: This exploratory study is the first systematic outcome evaluation to examine the effects of an 8-week meditation-based program in mindfulness in a German sample. DESIGN: Twenty-one (21) participants with chronic physical, psychologic, or psychosomatic illnesses were examined in a longitudinal pretest and post-treatment design with a 3-month follow-up. OUTCOME MEASURES: Both quantitative and qualitative data were gathered. Emotional and general physical well-being, sense of coherence, overall psychologic distress, and satisfaction with life were measured with standardized instruments. RESULTS: Overall, the interventions led to high levels of adherence to the meditation practice and satisfaction with the benefits of the course, as well as effective and lasting reductions of symptoms (especially in psychologic distress, well-being, and quality of life). Changes were of moderate-to-large effect sizes. Positive complementary effects with psychotherapy were also found. CONCLUSIONS: These findings warrant controlled studies to evaluate the efficacy and cost effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction as an intervention for chronic physical and psychosomatic disorders in Germany.

Publisher Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Serial Publication
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.liebertpub.com/index.aspx
Published Date: 2002-12
URL: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/10755530260511720
Subject: Meditation research
Stress reduction
Psychosomatic medicine
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
Quality of life
Quantitive study
Outcome based study
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Mindfulness Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Clinical Studies on Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Mindfulness Based Interventions
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
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Source URL: http://www.liebertpub.com/publication.aspx?pub_id=26
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 8
Source Number: 6
Source Page Numbers: 719-30
Start Date: 1995
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
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ISBN/ISSN: 1075-5535
Location and access number: 12614525

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