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Longitudinal impact of mindfulness meditation on illness burden in solid-organ transplant recipients

12 Dec
Researchers from the University of Minnesota enrolled 20 solid-organ transplant recipients in an 8-week course of mindfulness-based stress reduction training and a gentle form of hatha yoga. Subjects were also given audiotapes for home practice and maintained practice diaries to track their participation.

At 6 months data was analyzed for impact on symptom management, illness intrusion and transplant-related stressors. Significant improvements were found in the quality and duration of sleep, and on self-reported measures of anxiety and depression.

The study concluded that Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an effective treatment in improving the quality and duration of sleep. And because sleep is highly correlated with positive mental health and overall well-being, the technique has the potential of being an effective, accessible and low-cost intervention that could significantly change transplant recipients'' overall health and well-being.

Citation: Kreitzer MJ, Gross CR, Ye X, Russas V, Treesak C. Longitudinal impact of mindfulness meditation on illness burden in solid-organ transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation . 2005 Jun; 15 (2): pages 166-72.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award