Rogers, B., et al. (2013). Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine: Context & Relevance. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 14(5), e7. Full text.
Summary: Therapeutic modalities involving the practice of mindfulness are gaining wide acceptance as effective interventions in medicine and psychotherapy. A growing body of well-designed research studies demonstrate significant and enduring improvements in a host of physical and mental health domains as a consequence of the practice. This effectiveness may be due in large part to the nature of mindfulness, which is an elemental dimension of proactive self-care.
In this review and position paper we outline and explore 3 decades of evidence for the relevance of mindfulness in the model of Participatory Medicine. Also included is a summary of one community’s experience with a mindfulness-based intervention, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
The authors of this paper are community physicians, psychologists, therapists, patients, and teachers who have direct personal experience of mindfulness practice and/or observations of their patients who completed the MBSR program. The authors conclude that with such rich evidence for its enhancement of health status and the parallel improvements in proactive self-care, mindfulness should be considered a fundamental principle in the evolving model of Participatory Medicine.