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2020 Mar 02

Mil Med



Adapting Mindfulness Training for Military Service Members With Chronic Pain.


Brintz CE, Miller S, Rae Olmsted K, Bartoszek M, Cartwright J, Kizakevich PN, Butler M, Asefnia N, Buben A, Gaylord SA
Mil Med. 2020 Mar 02; 185(3-4):385-393.
PMID: 31621856.


Rates of chronic pain in military personnel are disproportionately high. Chronic pain is often associated with mental health and substance use disorders as comorbid conditions, making treatment of chronic pain complex. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are a promising behavioral approach to managing chronic pain and psychosocial sequelae. The unique nature of the military context may require adaptations to original MBIs for successful delivery in active-duty military populations. This study adapted the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program to create a mindfulness training program that was relevant to active-duty Army personnel experiencing chronic pain. This article delineates the adaptation process employed to modify the MBSR program to the military context and discusses the resulting training program.