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2022 Jun 27

J Integr Complement Med

Mindfulness Facets Associated with Orofacial Pain Outcomes.


Greenberg J, Spyropoulos D C, Bakhshaie J, Vranceanu A-M
J Integr Complement Med. 2022 Jun 27.
PMID: 35759376.


Mindfulness can help improve chronic pain outcomes. This cross-sectional study is the first to test associations between specific mindfulness facets and pain-related outcomes (pain intensity, pain-related disability, anxiety, and depression) in individuals with chronic orofacial pain ( = 303). "Nonjudging" was associated with positive pain-related outcomes. "Observing" was associated with worse pain-related disability and anxiety outcomes. Multiple regressions revealed that "nonjudging" was the only facet independently associated with pain-related disability, anxiety, and depression beyond the other facets and clinical/demographic variables. Cultivating a nonjudgmental stance may facilitate positive orofacial pain outcomes.