Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) can positively influence the way in which individuals respond to and cope with pain experiences. Evidence that MBIs alter the experience of pain itself is weak. Further key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:
- Depression is a common comorbidity, and patients with persistent pain are more likely to have higher levels of anxiety symptoms. Osteopaths should be aware of the scope of their practice, and should refer patients where appropriate.
- Study findings should be interpreted with caution, since many trials of MBIs have methodological limitations. Further research is likely to change our understanding of the role of MBIs in the management of persistent pain.
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