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

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

meditation, chronic low back pain, pain, anger, psychological distress
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Carson, James W., Keefe, Francis J., Lynch, Thomas R., Carson, Kimberly M., Goli, Veeraindar, Fras, Anne Marie and Thorp, Steven R. (2005) Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain: Results from a pilot trial. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 23 (3), 287-304. (doi:10.1177/0898010105277651).

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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.

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Published date: September 2005
Keywords: meditation, chronic low back pain, pain, anger, psychological distress

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Local EPrints ID: 194169
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/194169
ISSN: 0898-0101
PURE UUID: af460c16-8235-419f-8f67-c7f5e7d44033

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Date deposited: 25 Jul 2011 13:48
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:27

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

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