A systematic review of the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions following transient ischemic attack and stroke

Maggie Lawrence, Joanne Booth, Stewart Mercer, Elizabeth Crawford

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Recent epidemiological studies have demonstrated an association between perceived psychological stress and ischaemic stroke. A feature of stroke is recurrence; 30-40% within 5 years following first transient ischaemic attack/stroke. Equipping patients with skills and coping strategies to help reduce or manage perceived psychological stress, may represent an important secondary prevention intervention. Mindfulness-based Interventions are structured, group-based self-management programmes with potential to help people with long term conditions cope better with physical, psychological, or emotional distress. Review evidence suggests significant benefits of across a range of physical and mental health problems. However we could find no evidence synthesis relating specifically to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Interventions following transient ischaemic attack/stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-474
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013



  • mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • systematic review
  • ischaemic attack
  • stroke

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