When combined, changes in mindfulness and compassion measures correlated with changes in clinical measures at post-treatment and at follow-up.
However, heterogeneity was high, probably due to differences in the study design, the implemented protocol, and the assessed outcomes.
The investigators conclude that MBSR is moderately effective in reducing stress, depression, anxiety and distress, and in ameliorating the quality of life of healthy individuals, but that more research is warranted to identify the most effective elements of this intervention.
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