Effects of Transcendental Meditation in Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 176, Number 6, June 2011 , pp. 626-630(5)
We conducted an uncontrolled pilot study to determine whether transcendental meditation (TM) might be helpful in treating veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Five veterans were trained in the technique and followed for 12 weeks. All subjects improved on the primary outcome measure, the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (mean change score, 31.4; p = 0.02; df = 4). Significant improvements were also observed for 3 secondary outcome measures: Clinician's Global Inventory-Severity (mean change score, 1.60; p < 0.04; df = 4), Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (mean change score, −13.00; p < 0.01; df = 4), and the PTSD Checklist—Military Version (mean change score, 24.00; p < 0.02; df = 4). TM may have helped to alleviate symptoms of PTSD and improve quality of life in this small group of veterans. Larger, placebo-controlled studies should be undertaken to further determine the efficacy of TM in this population.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Capital Clinical Research Associates, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 525, Rockville, MD 20852. 2: Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, 1000 North 4th Street, Fairfield, IA 52557-0002. 3: Behavioral Health Service (116 HMC), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication date: 2011-06-01
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