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A mixed-methods pilot study of the acceptability and effectiveness of a brief meditation and mindfulness intervention for people with diabetes and coronary heart disease

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  • Chris Keyworth
  • Jasmin Knopp
  • Kate Roughley
  • Chris Dickens
  • Stuart Bold
  • Peter Coventry


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JournalBehavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.)
DatePublished - 2014
Issue number2
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)53-64
Original languageEnglish


Mindfulness-based interventions can successfully target negative perseverative cognitions such as worry and thought suppression, but their acceptability and effectiveness in people with long-term conditions is uncertain. We therefore pilot tested a six-week meditation and mindfulness intervention in people (n = 40) with diabetes mellitus and coronary heart disease. We used a sequential mixed-methods approach that measured change in worry and thought suppression and qualitatively explored acceptability, feasibility, and user experience with a focus group (n = 11) and in-depth interviews (n = 16). The intervention was highly acceptable, with 90% completing ≥5 sessions. Meditation and mindfulness skills led to improved sleep, greater relaxation, and more-accepting approaches to illness and illness experience. At the end of the six-week meditation course, worry, and thought suppression were significantly reduced. Positive impacts of mindfulness-based interventions on psychological health may relate to acquisition and development of meta-cognitive skills but this needs experimental confirmation.

    Research areas

  • Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Anxiety, Coronary Disease, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Mellitus, Female, Humans, Inhibition (Psychology), Male, Meditation, Middle Aged, Mindfulness, Patient Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Treatment Outcome

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