Evid Based Nurs 16:12-13 doi:10.1136/eb-2012-100700
  • Mental health
  • Meta-analysis

Review of experimental and quasi-experimental studies finds that mindfulness-based interventions are more effective than standard care for reducing depressive symptoms in adults with mental disorders

  1. Liam P Condon
  1. Department of Psychology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Steven Jay Lynn
    Department of Psychology, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA; stevenlynn100{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The findings highlight the use of meta-analysis as a valuable tool to evaluate mindfulness interventions.

  • The research provides substantial support for mindfulness approaches in treating depression in the context of other symptoms and disorders.

  • Evidence-based indications for practice are crucial given that up to 75% of patients with depression do not receive treatments based on scientific evidence.1


Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders and is frequently comorbid with other psychiatric conditions. Mindfulness-based interventions have become increasingly popular mainstays of treatment and adjuncts to empirically established therapies.


The authors performed a meta-analysis of 39 studies across nine countries involving 1847 participants with …

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