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A new approach to studying mindfulness-based interventions can help ensure that scientific evidence backs the claimed benefits of the practices—and potentially make them more effective.
“This is the first step to an evidence-based personalized medicine approach to mindfulness.”
One problem with mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is that they sometimes blend practices, which makes it difficult to measure how each of those practices affects participants. To address that issue, the researchers took a common intervention for mood disorders—mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)—and created a controlled study that isolated, or dismantled, its two main ingredients.