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Human Studies

2020 Nov 06

Psychosom Med

Mindfulness-based analgesia or placebo effect? The development and evaluation of a sham mindfulness intervention for acute experimental pain.


Meta-analyses indicate mindfulness meditation is efficacious for chronic and acute pain, but most available studies lack active control comparisons. This raises the possibility that placebo-related processes may account, at least in part, for mindfulness effects. The objective of this study was to develop a closely matched sham mindfulness condition to establish whether placebo effects contribute to mindfulness-based interventions for pain.