Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy v. group psychoeducation for people with generalised anxiety disorder: Randomised controlled trial

Samuel Yeung Shan Wong, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip, Winnie Wing Sze Mak, Stewart Mercer, Eliza Yee Lai Cheung, Candy Yuet Man Ling, Wacy Wai Sze Lui, Wai Kwong Tang, Hay Ming Lo, Justin Che Yuen Wu, Tatia Mei Chun Lee, Ting Gao, Sian M. Griffiths, Peter Hoi Sing Chan, Helen Shuk Wah Ma

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Research suggests that an 8-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) course may be effective for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Aims To compare changes in anxiety levels among participants with GAD randomly assigned to MBCT, cognitive'behavioural therapy-based psychoeducation and usual care. Method In total, 182 participants with GAD were recruited (trial registration number: CUHK-CCT00267) and assigned to the three groups and followed for 5 months after baseline assessment with the two intervention groups followed for an additional 6 months. Primary outcomes were anxiety and worry levels. Results Linear mixed models demonstrated significant group6time interaction (F(4,148) = 5.10, P = 0.001) effects for decreased anxiety for both the intervention groups relative to usual care. Significant group6time interaction effects were observed for worry and depressive symptoms and mental health-related quality of life for the psychoeducation group only. Conclusions These results suggest that both of the interventions appear to be superior to usual care for the reduction of anxiety symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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