Mindfulness Is Associated with Less Mental Distress and Greater Life Satisfaction among Informal Caregivers of Palliative Patients

October 31, 2016 by School of Medicine Webmaster

A group from Germany has studied the relationship between mindfulness and distress among caregivers of patients receiving palliative care.  They found that those who had greater mindfulness as measured by the Five Facets of Mindfulness Scale had significantly less mental distress and greater life satisfaction than those with less mindfulness.  Among those who participated in a mindfulness intervention (Existential Behavioural Therapy), mindfulness was also a significant predictor of who had further improvement in psychological distress, meaning in life and quality of life after three months.  The authors concluded that “mindfulness seems to be a promising concept in supporting informal caregivers of palliative care patients”.

Kogler M, et al. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2015;13:11-18.

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