Mindfulness Program Eases Arthritis Symptoms
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Psychological intervention has been shown to decrease depressive tendencies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
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TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2011 (MedPage Today) — An intervention aimed at helping patients accept the pain and disability associated with rheumatoid arthritis, while at the same time blocking negative thoughts and anxiety about their condition, reduced patients' depression and improved coping skills, researchers in Norway reported.
Patients who participated in the so-called mindfulness intervention had a decrease in psychological distress after the treatment, and maintained this reduction over 12 months, according to Heidi A. Zangi, PhD, of Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, and colleagues.
In addition, the number of patients who passed the threshold for serious psychological distress fell from 36% to 6% after 12 months, compared with a decrease from 29% to 24% in a group with no intervention, the researchers reported online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
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