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Mindfulness is Associated with Treatment Response from Tai Chi in Knee Osteoarthritis

May 23, 2017 -
In a study published by Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation in May, 2017, Tufts University School of Medicine examined the association between baseline mindfulness and response from exercise interventions in knee osteoarthritis (OA).

This clinical trial was performed in a Urban tertiary care academic hospital. A total of 86 participants with symptomatic, radiographic knee OA were included in the study. Their mean age was 60 years, and 74% of them were female and 48% were white.

In the 12 weeks (twice per week) of Tai Chi or Physical Therapy exercise, treatment response was defined using Osteoarthritis Research Society International criteria indicating meaningful improvements in the Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain, function, or Patient Global Assessment scores. At baseline, participants completed the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire and were grouped into three categories of total mindfulness: higher, medium, or lower. Relative risk (RR) ratios were used to compare treatment response across groups.

Participants with higher total mindfulness appeared to be 38% more likely to meet responder criteria than those with lower mindfulness. No significant difference was found between medium and lower mindfulness groups. Among the 5 mindfulness facets, medium Acting-with-Awareness was 46% more likely to respond than lower Acting-with-Awareness, and higher Acting-with-Awareness was 34% more likely to respond, but this did not reach significance.

In this study, higher mindfulness, primarily driven by its Acting-with-Awareness facet, was significantly associated with a greater likelihood of response to non-pharmacological exercise interventions in knee OA. This suggests that mindfulness-cultivating interventions may increase the likelihood of response from exercise.




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