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Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is the core program of the Mindfulness Center. MBSR classes include instruction in mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, and other mindfulness practices. These practices remind us to return to the present moment and increase the opportunity to make conscious choices rather than react unconsciously.

Why MBSR and MBCT? A Scientific Perspective by John Schorling<https://news.med.virginia.edu/mindfulness/2016/03/29/why-mbsr-andmbct-a-scientific-perspective/>

 There has been an explosion of interest in mindfulness recently, and mindfulness principals are now being applied in medicine, law, business, education and leadership among other areas. Much of this interest can be traced back to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and published the first research study of the impact of MBSR among patients with chronic pain in 1982.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Chronic Low Back Pain<https://news.med.virginia.edu/mindfulness/2016/03/29/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-for-chronic-low-back-pain/>

 A paper was published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association from the largest study to date of MBSR for low back pain.  A total of 342 adults who had back pain for an average of over seven years participated.

-          Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Balderson BH, et al. JAMA 2016;315:1240-1249



Investing In Compassion:  Exploring Mindfulness As A Strategy To Enhance Interpersonal Relationships In Healthcare Practice<https://news.med.virginia.edu/mindfulness/2015/10/29/research-update-6/>

 A study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) among 125 healthcare employees in two large hospitals in Canada found improvements in empathy and deceases in burnout following participation in the course.  Empathy was measured using the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. 

-          Moll S, Frolic A, Key B. Journal of Hospital Administration 2015;4:36-46.