The Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Veterans With Mental Health Conditions.

Author: Kluepfel L, Ward T, Yehuda R, Dimoulas E, Smith A, Daly K.
James J. Peters VA Medical Center.
Conference/Journal: J Holist Nurs.
Date published: 2013 Jul 17
Other: Word Count: 144

Purpose: To assess the feasibility of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for veterans with mental health conditions and to evaluate its efficacy on psychological well-being and stress reduction. Design: Single-group, pretest-posttest design. Method: 30 veterans within a mental health clinic of a VA (Veterans Administration) medical center were enrolled in an 8-week standard MBSR program. Perceived stress, sleep, mindfulness, and depression were measured via self-reports at baseline and study end. Feasibility was measured by compliance and satisfaction with the course. Findings: Scores on the Perceived Stress Scale (p =.002) and Beck Depression Inventory-II (p = .005) were significantly reduced (p = .002). The global measure for sleep from the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index improved significantly (p = .035). Satisfaction and compliance were high. Conclusion: MBSR is a feasible intervention that has potential efficacy for veterans with mental health conditions. Future controlled trials are needed in this area.
mental health, mindfulness, veterans

PMID: 23863274