Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache

A randomized controlled pilot study

Stuart CATHCART, Nicola Galatis, Maarten Immink, Michael Proeve, John Petkov

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Abstract

Background: Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) has been demonstrated to be effective for reducing chronic pain symptoms; however, the use of MBT for Chronic Tension-Type Headache (CTH) exclusively has to date not been examined. Typically, MBT for chronic pain has involved an 8-week program based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Recent research suggests briefer mindfulness-based treatments may be effective for chronic pain. Aims: To conduct a pilot study into the efficacy of brief MBT for CTH. Method: We conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief (6-session, 3-week) MBT for CTH. Results: Results indicated a significant decrease in headache frequency and an increase in the mindfulness facet of Observe in the treatment but not wait-list control group. Conclusion: Brief MBT may be an effective intervention for CTH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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CATHCART, Stuart ; Galatis, Nicola ; Immink, Maarten ; Proeve, Michael ; Petkov, John. / Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache : A randomized controlled pilot study. In: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2014 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 1-15.
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Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache : A randomized controlled pilot study. / CATHCART, Stuart; Galatis, Nicola; Immink, Maarten; Proeve, Michael; Petkov, John.

In: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2014, p. 1-15.

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