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Study to explore links between mindfulness and chronic pain

Australian researchers are set to explore the benefits of mindfulness interventions in the treatment and management of chronic pain and depression.

The team said mindfulness interventions have been successful in reducing outcomes such as pain severity, distress and disability, and may be particularly beneficial for those with depression, but added it’s unclear what mechanisms are underlying this link.

Dr Mirella Di Benedetto from RMIT University, along with honours student Saari Nigol, will examine the effects that the facets of mindfulness have on pain severity, pain interference and depression.

Nursing Review sat down with Di Benedetto to discuss what mindfulness involves and the ways in which it may be able to help those living with chronic pain.

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