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Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182a615a0
Original Articles

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduces Symptoms of Depression in People With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial

Bédard, Michel PhD; Felteau, Melissa MAEd; Marshall, Shawn MD; Cullen, Nora MD; Gibbons, Carrie MPH; Dubois, Sacha MPH; Maxwell, Hillary MPH; Mazmanian, Dwight PhD; Weaver, Bruce MSc; Rees, Laura PhD; Gainer, Rolf PhD; Klein, Rupert PhD; Moustgaard, Amy PhD

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We sought to determine if we could reduce symptoms of depression in individuals with a traumatic brain injury using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.


The study was conducted in a community setting.


We enrolled adults with symptoms of depression after a traumatic brain injury.


We conducted a randomized controlled trial; participants were randomized to the 10-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy intervention arm or to the wait-list control arm.

Main Measures:

The primary outcome measure was symptoms of depression using the Beck Depression Inventory-II.


The parallel group analysis revealed a greater reduction in Beck Depression Inventory-II scores for the intervention group (6.63, n = 38,) than the control group (2.13, n = 38, P = .029). A medium effect size was observed (Cohen d = 0.56). The improvement in Beck Depression Inventory-II scores was maintained at the 3-month follow-up.


These results are consistent with those of other researchers that use mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to reduce symptoms of depression and suggest that further work to replicate these findings and improve upon the efficacy of the intervention is warranted.

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