Research: ROBINSON and others,

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Abstract

ROBINSON and others, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612-7350, USA, prphd@uic.edu, have studied the psycho-endocrine-immune response to mindfulness-based stress reduction in people infected with HIV.

Background

The aim of the study was to examine the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction programme on mood, hormonal function, immunity, and functional health in HIV positive individuals.

Methodology

In this quasi-experimental, nonrandomized study, subjects were specifically recruited for intervention or control group. Data were collected pre treatment and post treatment.

Results

Natural killer cell number and activity both improved significantly in the experimental group compared to the control group. No significant changes were found in psychological, endocrine, or functional health parameters.

Conclusion

These results lead to the tentative conclusion that a mindfulness-based stress reduction may improve immunity in people infected with HIV.

References

Robinson FP, Mathews HL, Witek JL. Psycho-endocrine-immune response to mindfulness-based stress reduction in individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus: a quasiexperimental study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 9 (5): 683-694, Oct 2003.

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