The Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) reduces stress-related psychological distress in healthcare professionals.

Author: Martín-Asuero A, García-Banda G.
Affiliation: Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain.
Conference/Journal: Span J Psychol.
Date published: 2010 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 13 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 897-905 , Word Count: 111

This semi-experimental study examines how Mindfulness facilitates a distress reduction in a group of health professionals. The sample comprises 29 professionals seeking stress reduction who undertook an 8 weeks psico-educative intervention, involving 28 hours of class, based on a program called Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction or MBSR. Results show a 35% reduction of distress, from percentile 75 to 45, combined with a 30% reduction in rumination and a 20% decrease in negative affect. These benefits lasted during the 3 months of the follow up period. The correlation analysis indicates that the decrease in distress is significantly related to the other two variables. These results confirm the effectiveness of MBSR to decrease distress and its applicability in training programs for health professionals.