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Mindfulness and chronic pain: limited evidence of effectiveness

Bawa, F. L. M., et al. (2015). Does mindfulness improve outcomes in patients with chronic pain? Systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of General Practice, 65, 635, e387-e400. Full text.

Background: Chronic pain and its associated distress and disability are common reasons for seeking medical help. Patients with chronic pain use primary healthcare services five times more than the rest of the population. Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular self-management technique.

Aim: To assess the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for patients with chronic pain.

Conclusion: There is limited evidence for effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for patients with chronic pain. Better-quality studies are required.

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