This is a sampling of some recent studies on the efficacy of MBSR.
- How the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program May be Able to Help Some of Your Patients. A compilation by UMass Medical School of recent research on the efficacy of MBSR in patients with various medical conditions.
- Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks. Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Massachusetts General Hospital News Release, Jan 21, 2011.
- The benefits of meditation: MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain. MIT News, May 5, 2011.
- Mindfulness meditation improves connections in the brain, Harvard Medical School Health Publications, April 08, 2011.
- Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Participation in MBSR is associated with changes in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking. PubMed.gov, Jan 2010.
- Breast Cancer Survivors Banish Depression with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Diets in Review.com, Jan 5, 2012.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Health Care Professionals: Results From a Randomized Trial. This study suggests that an 8-week MBSR intervention may be effective for reducing stress and increasing quality of life and self-compassion in health care professionals. International Journal of Stress Management, 2005.
- The Role of Mindfulness in Healthcare Reform: A Policy Paper, by Kelley McCabe Ruff, MBA and Elizabeth R. Mackenzie, PhD.
- Mindfulness Research Guide. An electronic resource on the scientific study of mindfulness, also publishes Mindfulness Research Monthly.
See also Mindfulness in the news.