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Abstract

BRODERICK, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook USA reviews (68 references) the research over the last 20 years in Mind-Body Medicine.

Background

Methodology

Results

The author writes the Mind-Body Medicine has made significant contributions to the treatment of rheumatic disease. The approach is based upon the concept that patients have the ability to influence their experience of illness via direct modification of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. The review finds that Mind-Body approaches results in significant, incremental symptom relief, improvement in disability status and well-being beyond that achieved with routine medical care. Furthermore, evidence demonstrates that such interventions reduce utilization of health care services, despite continuing progression of disease, a finding which has major economic implications for health policy.

Conclusion

References

Broderick JE. Mind-body medicine in rheumatologic disease. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America 26(1): 161-76. Feb 2000.

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