A Mobile-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Chronic Pain
Latman, Vered Valeria
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Very little is known about effective interventions for chronic pain in young adults. Available treatments are often inaccessible and unaffordable. The present study tested the effects of a newly developed 12-minute mobile-based mindfulness application on mood, pain intensity and present-awareness in four groups of university students (n=180) with chronic pain, symptoms of depression/anxiety, and condition-free controls with and without a mobile application. Results revealed that anxiety, distress, and anger were significantly reduced post intervention in participants with chronic pain and mood/anxiety symptoms. Pain intensity and present awareness remained unaffected post intervention. This study was one of the first to show the effectiveness of a brief mobile-based intervention in altering unpleasant mood states in young adults with chronic pain and depression/anxiety. These findings have highlighted the potential benefits of using technological interventions to improve mental health symptoms in individuals with chronic pain and symptoms of depression and anxiety.