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Exploring the effectiveness of a comprehensive mind-body intervention for medical symptom relief.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20180692     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe possible changes in physical and psychologic symptoms among outpatients completing a 12-week mind-body medical symptom reduction program related to chronic medical conditions. DESIGN: The cornerstone of the program is elicitation of the relaxation response, and the curriculum also incorporates trainings on mind-body interactions, cognitive restructuring, nutrition, and physical activity. The Medical Symptom Checklist (MSCL), Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile-II (HPLP-II) and Symptom Checklist-90R (SCL-90-R) were used to assess 331 patients' physical and psychologic symptoms before and after the intervention. RESULTS: Significant post-treatment improvements in symptom frequency occurred for 12 individual symptoms on the MSCL, all 6 of the HPLP-II subscales, and 8 of the 9 SCL-90-R subscales from pre- to post-treatment. CONCLUSIONS: The results from this uncontrolled study suggest that a comprehensive mind-body intervention program might be useful as a complementary or adjunct therapy for treatment of chronic medical symptoms.
Marlene Samuelson; Megan Foret; Margaret Baim; Jonathan Lerner; Gregory Fricchione; Herbert Benson; Jeffery Dusek; Albert Yeung
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1557-7708     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-25     Completed Date:  2010-06-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease / therapy*
Health Promotion
Life Style
Middle Aged
Mind-Body Therapies*
Treatment Outcome
Grant Support

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