Mindfulness-based stress reduction for people with chronic conditions

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Abstract:

This practice analysis describes the philosophical tenets and methods associated with an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme offered to a heterogeneous group of community-dwelling individuals living with chronic conditions. The programme was sponsored by an occupational therapy graduate school as a community service and was provided by the author. The programme evaluation suggested that participants learned new ways of living, which synthesised change and acceptance strategies. The participatory learning environment, mindfulness training and lifestyle modifications associated with MBSR enhanced the participants' occupational adaptation, sense of empowerment and experience of flow during the performance of occupations. MBSR is an evidence-based approach that is consistent with the occupational therapy emphasis on health promotion and satisfying engagement in life.

Keywords: CHRONIC CONDITIONS; HEALTH PROMOTION; MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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