Effectiveness of Mindfulness-based interventions on physiological and psychological complications in adults with diabetes: A systematic review

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This systematic review aimed to examine the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based interventions in reducing diabetes-related physiological and psychological symptoms in adults with types 1 and 2 diabetes. Five databases were systematically searched. A total of 11 studies satisfied the inclusion criteria. Mindfulness-based intervention effectiveness for physiological outcomes (glycaemic control and blood pressure) was mixed. Mindfulness-based interventions appear to have psychological benefits reducing depression, anxiety and distress symptoms across several studies. Studies' short-term follow-up periods may not allow sufficient time to observe physiological changes or illustrate Mindfulness-based interventions' potential long-term efficacy. More long-term studies that include a consistent, standardised set of outcome measures are required.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-983
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
Early online date30 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017