Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2012-100488
  • Women's health
  • Randomised controlled trial

Mindfulness meditation for women with irritable bowel syndrome – evidence of benefit from a randomised controlled trial

  1. David J Kearney
  1. Department of Medicine, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to David J Kearney
    Seattle VA Medical Centre, 111GI, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108, USA; kearney{at}

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Implications for Nursing Practice and Research

  • Participation in a 8-week course of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) may reduce irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and improve quality of life for women with IBS.

  • Patient education for women with IBS should now include MBSR as a potential treatment option.


IBS is common with prevalence estimates ranging from 3.7% to 22% worldwide.1 IBS is characterised by recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort associated with two or more of the following: (1) symptom improvement with defecation, …

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