Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot studystar, open

Natalia E. Morone, Carol M. Greco and Debra K. Weiner 

The objectives of this pilot study were to assess the feasibility of recruitment and adherence to an eight-session mindfulness meditation program for community-dwelling older adults with chronic low back pain (CLBP) and to develop initial estimates of treatment effects. 37 community-dwelling older adults aged 65 years and older with CLBP were randomized to an 8-week mindfulness-based meditation program or to a wait-list control group. At the end of the intervention 30/37 (81%) participants completed 8-week assessments. Average class attendance of the intervention arm was 6.7 out of 8. They meditated an average of 4.3 days a week and the average minutes per day was 31.6. Compared to the control group, the intervention group displayed significant improvement.

An 8-week mindfulness-based meditation program is feasible for older adults with CLBP. The program may lead to improvement in pain acceptance and physical function.

Pain, 2008, 134(3), 310-319

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