Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the Treatment of Psychosis: A Narrative Systematic Review

  • Anthony DiGiacomo Member Number: 8712, Member Type: Full A, Expiry Month: July, Expiry Year: 2010, Membership Fee: 150, Renewal Type: Renewal
  • Sandra Moll McMaster
  • Joy MacDermid McMaster
  • Mary Law
Keywords: mindfulness, systematic review

Abstract

Although there is a growing body of research on the value of mindfulness for a range of mental health conditions, evidence regarding mindfulness for individuals with psychosis is much more limited. The purpose of this article was to conduct a narrative systematic review of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of mindfulness-based techniques with individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis. Eligibility criteria for the studies included random allocation, a focus on participants with psychosis, implementation of mindfulness-based interventions, and inclusion of a control group. A majority of measures across studies showed no significant treatment effect. Therefore, studies to date do not indicate that mindfulness-based interventions have an impact on symptoms of psychosis. Across trials, mindfulness interventions varied greatly. Furthermore, mindfulness interventions were designed to help individuals cope with symptoms and not necessarily to make them go away. Therefore, future studies should consider measuring functional outcomes, not symptom-related outcomes.

Author Biography

Anthony DiGiacomo, Member Number: 8712, Member Type: Full A, Expiry Month: July, Expiry Year: 2010, Membership Fee: 150, Renewal Type: Renewal

PhD Candidate, School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Mental Health Clinician/Family Specialist, Phoenix Program-Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, Milton ON

Published
2016-02-10
How to Cite
DiGiacomo, A., Moll, S., MacDermid, J., & Law, M. (2016). Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the Treatment of Psychosis: A Narrative Systematic Review. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61027
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