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Abstract Title:

Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain: results from a pilot trial.

Abstract Source:

J Holist Nurs. 2005 Sep ;23(3):287-304. PMID: 16049118

Abstract Author(s):

James W Carson, Francis J Keefe, Thomas R Lynch, Kimberly M Carson, Veeraindar Goli, Anne Marie Fras, Steven R Thorp

Article Affiliation:

Duke University Medical Center, USA.

Abstract:

PURPOSE: Loving-kindness meditation has been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition to develop love and transform anger into compassion. This pilot study tested an 8-week loving-kindness program for chronic low back pain patients.

METHOD: Patients (N = 43) were randomly assigned to the intervention or standard care. Standardized measures assessed patients' pain, anger, and psychological distress.

FINDINGS: Post and follow-up analyses showed significant improvements in pain and psychological distress in the loving-kindness group, but no changes in the usual care group. Multilevel analyses of daily data showed that more loving-kindness practice on a given day was related to lower pain that day and lower anger the next day.

CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary results suggest that the loving-kindness program can be beneficial in reducing pain, anger, and psychological distress in patients with persistent low back pain.

IMPLICATIONS: Clinicians may find loving-kindness meditation helpful in the treatment of patients with persistent pain.

Study Type : Human Study

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