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An Overview of the Research on Mindfulness Based Interventions for Treating Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review

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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Banks, K., & Newman, E. (2015). An Overview of the Research on Mindfulness Based Interventions for Treating Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Psychology; which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jclp.22200/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-963
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume71
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Abstract

Objective
This systematic review aimed to collate and evaluate the existing research for the use of mindfulness-based approaches to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our primary objectives were to explore the effects of mindfulness-based approaches on PTSD symptoms and associated psychological distress, with secondary objectives to explore the attrition rate, adverse effects, resource implications, and long-term effects of such interventions.

Method We systematically searched research databases, EMBASE, OVID MedLine, Psycinfo, CINAHL, and PILOTS, contacted relevant authors in the field, and conducted a hand search of relevant papers.

Results The search resulted in 12 studies that met eligibility criteria, many of which studies lacked methodological rigor. The majority of the studies indicated positive outcomes with improvements in PTSD symptoms, particularly in reducing avoidance.

Conclusions The preliminary evidence for the use of mindfulness-based approaches to treat PTSD symptoms is encouraging, although further studies with a more robust research design are required.

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