Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health-related quality of life in a heterogeneous patient population. A separate study by Reibel, Greeson, Brainard and Rosenzweig of the Center for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, assessed 136 patients, before and after the 8-week MBSR program, using the Short-form Health Survey, Medical Symptom Checklist and Revised Symptom Checklist, looking for changes in vitality, pain, role limitations caused by physical health and social functioning.

Subjects showed significant change at the (p < .01) level. Reductions in psychological distress and alleviation of physical symptoms were at a whopping (p < .0001) level of significance.

Outcomes on many measures were found to have been maintained after the one year follow-up.

The study concludes that group mindfulness training can enhance well-being and functional status and reduce physical symptoms and psychological distress in a heterogeneous adult population, and that the intervention may well have long-term benefits.

Citation: Reibel DK, Greeson JM, Brainard GC and Rosenzweig S. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health-related quality of life in a heterogeneous patient population. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2001. Jul-Aug; 23 (4): pp. 183-192.