Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program as Add-On Therapy Lessens FM Symptoms, Study Finds

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program as Add-On Therapy Lessens FM Symptoms, Study Finds
A mindfulness program to reduce stress, used as an add-on to standard treatment, lessens fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms, improves quality of life, and also is more cost effective than other traditional strategies, a new study reports. The study, “Cost–Utility of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Fibromyalgia versus a Multicomponent Intervention and Usual Care: A 12-Month Randomized Controlled Trial (EUDAIMON Study),” was published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Treating FM is costly and few therapies have demonstrated effectiveness at improving symptoms. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a therapy program based on the concept of paying attention to the present moment. The program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, consists of eight weekly two-hour group sessions, and one silent retreat of half-day duration (optional) for the study participants. In the Phase 3 EUDAIMON trial (NCT02561416), a group of researchers in Spain investigated the clinical benefits of MBSR vs the psycho-educational program FibroQoL as add-on therapies to standard treatments, and to standard therapy alone. The FibroQoL program consists of two-hour session
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