Centre for Reviews and Summaries

NCOR launched our Centre For Reviews and Summaries (CFRS) in early 2017. This will grow into a one-stop-shop for all osteopaths who want to read summaries of the latest evidence relating to osteopathic care and management. Our Snapshot Summaries are intended to provide a brief overview of predominantly manual therapy and osteopathically-relevant research, with references for further reading. They are not intended to be an exhaustive or systematic review of the literature.

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Acceptance and mindfulness in the management of persistent pain

Key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

The full Snapshot Summary is available as a PDF to download.