Mindfulness helps with function in fibromyalgia

Technique improves outcomes, but the trick is to keep patients meditating, say authors

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is more effective than treatment as usual for improving function and other outcomes in patients with fibromyalgia, according to a randomised trial.

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The mindfulness technique has been used to treat patients with chronic stress-related illness and several studies have also found it improves some core symptoms of fibromyalgia, the researchers write.

For their 12-month study, the Spanish team randomly assigned 225 patients with fibromyalgia to receive either usual care, usual care plus