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 sessions that include four sessions of psycho-education regarding information about disease, diagnosis, and management of symptoms, and four additional sessions  of relaxation training and self-hypnosis. The aim is to achieve a completely relaxed status and feel active control of the body and pain. While initial data supported the effects of MBSR in lessening patients' symptoms and quality of life, they now have investigated the therapy’s economic costs. They analyzed 225 adult FM patients from the Rheumatology Service at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Sp
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