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Mindfulness-Based Stress Management and Chronic Pain 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Management and Chronic Pain
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Management and Chronic Pain
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Marcia J. Howton

and Brian M. Shelley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199315246.003.0025
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date: 26 June 2019

Mindfulness has been useful for people with chronic pain for centuries. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a modern program geared toward medical patients with some promising research findings. The authors-both of whom are physicians, mindfulness practitioners, and MBSR instructors-share some ideas about how to approach teaching MBSR to people with chronic pain. It is not possible to provide the direct experience of mindfulness in a textbook chapter, but several offerings are provided below as ways to point toward this experience. The objective of this chapter is to explore how MBSR can be useful for people with chronic pain, and for those who provide care to them.

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