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Mindfulness groups in palliative care: a pilot qualitative study


Chadwick, P and Newell, T and Skinner, TC, Mindfulness groups in palliative care: a pilot qualitative study, Spirituality and Health International , 9, (3) pp. 135-144. ISSN 1743-1867 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/shi.341


Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to have benefits across a diverse range of physical and mental health problems. The present qualitative study explores the experience of individuals diagnosed with a terminal cancer who attended either of two six-week mindfulness groups. Five people participated. There was a rich diversity in participantsí responses. Participants reported finding mindfulness practice beneficial in a range of ways, as well as valuing the social context of the group and the wider hospice setting. Participants also described forming a meta-understanding of mindfulness practice, which was informed by the experience of others in the group as well as their own, and this understanding illuminated the degree to which people found mindfulness beneficial. In conclusion, the study raises some themes and issues around mindfulness in palliative care which might enrich future practice and research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mindfulness practice, stress, quality of life, intervention, palliative care
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Skinner, TC (Professor Timothy Skinner)
ID Code:74166
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-11-14
Last Modified:2012-11-05
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