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Outcome of a web-based mindfulness intervention for families living with mental illness – A feasibility study

Stjernswärd, Sigrid LU and Hansson, Lars LU (2017) In Informatics for Health and Social Care 42(1). p.97-108
Abstract

Families living with a person with mental illness can experience distress requiring therapeutic interventions. Web-based mindfulness interventions have shown beneficial health outcomes for both clinical and healthy populations, and may help families cope and overcome barriers that can otherwise hinder a help-seeking process. Aims: To develop and assess outcomes of a web-based mindfulness intervention for families living with a person with mental illness. Methods: A pilot study investigating an 8-week web-based mindfulness intervention with a pre–post design and follow-up after 3 months, with mindfulness as the primary outcome and perceived stress, caregiver burden and self-compassion as secondary outcomes. The study included a sample of... (More)

Families living with a person with mental illness can experience distress requiring therapeutic interventions. Web-based mindfulness interventions have shown beneficial health outcomes for both clinical and healthy populations, and may help families cope and overcome barriers that can otherwise hinder a help-seeking process. Aims: To develop and assess outcomes of a web-based mindfulness intervention for families living with a person with mental illness. Methods: A pilot study investigating an 8-week web-based mindfulness intervention with a pre–post design and follow-up after 3 months, with mindfulness as the primary outcome and perceived stress, caregiver burden and self-compassion as secondary outcomes. The study included a sample of 97 persons approached by advertisement in newspapers, newsletters, and online. Results: The study showed significant improvements in levels of mindfulness post-intervention and at follow-up as well as significant improvements in levels of perceived stress, caregiver burden, and self-compassion both post-intervention and at follow-up. Discussion: Acceptability and feasibility of the intervention were high, outcomes were relevant, and the intervention showed positive and significant results supporting the hypothesis that the intervention may help families cope with a stressful situation. Conclusion: Further randomized controlled studies of the intervention are needed to investigate the intervention’s effectiveness, including dose-effect studies.

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Caregiver burden, compassion, mental illness, mindfulness, stress, web-based support
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Informatics for Health and Social Care
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42
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1
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97 - 108
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Informa Healthcare
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1753-8157
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10.1080/17538157.2016.1177533
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English
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  author       = {Stjernswärd, Sigrid and Hansson, Lars},
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  series       = {Informatics for Health and Social Care},
  title        = {Outcome of a web-based mindfulness intervention for families living with mental illness – A feasibility study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538157.2016.1177533},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2017},
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