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Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Depression, Anxiety, and Pain in Patients With Postherpetic Neuralgia

Zhu, Xingmin, BS*; Hu, Ping, BS; Fan, Zhengying, MS; Zhan, Wenxian, MS§; Wang, Huijuan, MS§; Yang, Yang, MS§; Zhou, Zubin, MS; Ma, Lan, MS§; Gao, Haiyan, BS*

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: June 2019 - Volume 207 - Issue 6 - p 482–486
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000998
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The aim of this study was to explore the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on reducing the psychological and physical symptoms in patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). A total of 50 patients with PHN from January 2017 to September 2018 were selected into the intervention group and the control group. Both groups received routine care, whereas the intervention group also was given an 8-week of MBSR. Psychological (depression and anxiety) and physical (pain) symptoms were assessed before and after the intervention. The study demonstrated evidence of MBSR effectiveness in reducing depression (p < 0.01), anxiety (p < 0.01), and pain (p < 0.01) scores after intervention for herpetic patients with neuralgia. MBSR can effectively alleviate depression, anxiety, and pain in patients with PHN. Our results provide clinical effectiveness evidence that MBSR works to improve the psychological and physical symptoms with the greatest improvement occurring during the 8-week program.

*Nursing Training Center, Vocational College, Shanghai Jian Qiao University;

Department of Nursing, Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital East Affiliated to Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences;

Department of Nursing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital;

§Nursing Department, Vocational College, Shanghai Jian Qiao University; and

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai, China.

Send reprint requests to Xingmin Zhu, BS, Nursing Training Center, Vocational College, Shanghai Jian Qiao University, Shanghai 201306, China. E-mail: 15057@gench.edu.cn; Zhengying Fan, MS, Department of Nursing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai 200240, China. E-mail: fanzy1223@hotmail.com.

Online date: April 30, 2019

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