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A systematic review and meta-analysis of workplace mindfulness training randomized controlled trials


Bartlett, L and Martin, A and Neil, AL and Memish, K and Otahal, P and Kilpatrick, M and Sanderson, K, A systematic review and meta-analysis of workplace mindfulness training randomized controlled trials, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24, (1) pp. 108-126. ISSN 1076-8998 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1037/ocp0000146


This meta-analytic review responds to promises in the research literature and public domain about the benefits of workplace mindfulness training. It synthesizes randomized controlled trial evidence from workplace-delivered training for changes in mindfulness, stress, mental health, well-being, and work performance outcomes. Going beyond extant reviews, this article explores the influence of variability in workforce and intervention characteristics for reducing perceived stress. Meta-effect estimates (Hedge's g) were computed using data from 23 studies. Results indicate beneficial effects following training for mindfulness (g = 0.45, p < .001) and stress (g = 0.56, p < .001), anxiety (g = 0.62, p < .001) and psychological distress (g = 0.69, p < .001), and for well-being (g = 0.46, p = .002) and sleep (g = 0.26, p = .003). No conclusions could be drawn from pooled data for burnout due to ambivalence in results, for depression due to publication bias, or for work performance due to insufficient data. The potential for integrating the construct of mindfulness within job demands-resources, coping, and prevention theories of work stress is considered in relation to the results. Limitations to study designs and reporting are addressed, and recommendations to advance research in this field are made.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mindfulness, stress, work, meta-analysis, mental health, well-being
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Bartlett, L (Mrs Larissa Bartlett)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Neil, AL (Associate Professor Amanda Neil)
UTAS Author:Memish, K (Miss Kate Memish)
UTAS Author:Otahal, P (Mr Petr Otahal)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
ID Code:131406
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:190
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-03-15
Last Modified:2021-07-06
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