Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Shown to be Cost Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain (LBP)

Researchers from RAND Corporation, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute & the University of Washington, Seattle, completed a study with 342 adults with chronic LBP that suggests substantial cost savings compared to ‘usual care’ when adding MBSR to care plans. This study designed a 1X/week, 2 hour group session for 8 weeks. The study results demonstrate group-based, MBSR and to a lesser extent, group based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may provide cost-effective treatment for both health care system payers and society. It would be wise for providers to educate themselves on ways to introduce these plans, and add them to existing protocols,  for better patient outcomes

Attending one of our Continuing Education presentations on pain management may offer a good start! This course helps providers understand new research that describes the anatomy of pain, and offers clinical plans that can be immediately incorporated into your practice. There will be live mind-body exercises demonstrated, with providers encouraged to participate.  This will allow providers to see how much time it may take to add this valuable tool to improve patient outcomes. These tools can be used with patients or for personal use to avoid the consequences of high stress. Check out our events schedule at www.chpgroup.com/events.