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Four-year follow-up of meditation-based program for self-regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and compliance
Clinical Journal of Pain
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1987
Pages: 159–173
Source ID: shanti-sources-22548
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Abstract: Two hundred twenty-five chronic pain patients were studied following training in mindfulness meditation. Large and significant overall improvements were recorded post-intervention in physical and psychological status. These gains were maintained at follow-up in the majority of subjects. Follow-up times ranged from 2.5-48 months. Status on the McUill Melzack Pain Rating Index (PRI). however, tended to revert to preintervention levels following the intervention. Most subjects reported a high degree of adherence with the meditation techniques, maintenance of improved status over time, and a high degree of importance attributed to the training program. We conclude that such training can have long-term benefit for chronic pain patients.