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Enhanced mindfulness-based stress reduction effective in episodic migraine


Key clinical points: In episodic migraine, enhanced mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR+) is more effective than stress management for headache (SMH) in reducing headache and migraine days and headache related disability.

Major finding: At week 20, MBSR+ group vs. SHM group reported fewer headache days (4.6 vs. 6.0 headache days; P = .04) and had greater reduction in headache-related disability (59.6 to 54.6 vs 59.6 to 57.5; P =.02). Treatment response rate was higher in the MBSR+ group vs SMH group (52% vs. 23% reduction in headache days; P = .004).

Study details: Patients with episodic migraine (aged, 18-65 years) were randomly assigned to receive either MBSR+ (n = 50) or SMH (n = 48).

Disclosures: This study was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and National Institutes of Health. The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

Citation: Seminowicz DA et al. Pain. 2020 Mar 13. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001860.

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