Careers  |  Sign In  |  Register

Mindful Meditation Study Finds Mixed Results

Many people meditate to reduce psychological stress and improve health-related outcomes but a new study in JAMA finds that meditation may not address all health-related issues, the Los Angeles Times reports. Researchers reviewed 47 randomized clinical trials, with a total of 3,515 people, for evidence of the effects of meditation. They found that “mindfulness meditation programs had moderate evidence of improved anxiety, depression and pain and low evidence of improved stress/distress and mental health–related quality of life.” Additionally, there was no effect of meditation programs on positive mood, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep, and weight. Researchers note that meditation programs differ and are difficult to assess and that different programs work for different people.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in JAMA.