Researchers report in the British Journal of Psychiatry that the ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation can help people live with schizophrenia symptoms. In the study, 107 outpatients in China with schizophrenia were divided into groups receiving routine care, conventional psychoeducation about schizophrenia, or education about mindfulness. “The mindfulness-based psychoeducation group reported significantly greater improvements in psychiatric symptoms, psychosocial functioning, insight into illness/treatment and duration of readmissions to hospital over 24 months when compared with the other two groups,” write the researchers.
Effects of a mindfulness-based psychoeducation programme for Chinese patients with schizophrenia: 2-year follow-up (Chien, Wai Tong and Thompson, David R. British Journal of Psychiatry. Published online ahead of print May 8, 2014, doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.134635)