The evidence base for mindfulness


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Mindfulness at work timeline from Mindfulnet

Mindfulness as discussed in the media today has chiefly evolved from Buddhist teachings simplified for a mass audience in the early 1900s. It was these teachings that inspired Jon Kabat-Zinn to develop Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help patients suffering with chronic pain in the 1970s. Jon's work was the catalyst for scientific research studies into mindfulness, which discovered a wide range of medical and therapeutic uses of mindfulness.

In the early 1990s, Oxford University were given funding to look for innovative approaches for the treatment of depression. Professor Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal blended MBSR with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to form Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). In 2004, Mindfulness was approved by NICE as a 'treatment of choice' for depression.

In the 1990s around 85 research papers into mindfulness were published. By 2010 this had increased to around 1200. In 2012, alone a further 417 studies were published, and research continues to increase exponentially

A selection of research can be found on Mindfulnet's research page

Evidence for theraputic use of mindfulness 

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Evidence for the workplace applications of mindfulness

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