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<p>This study examined the effects of an 8-week (20 min/day) mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on health-related quality of life and both the psychological and physical symptomology of a group of 126 patients. Pre- and post-intervention measures were taken using the Short-Form Health Survery, the Medical Symptom Checklist, and the Symptom-Checklist 90-Revised. The measures showed an increase in health-related quality of life and decreases in measures of stress, depression, vitality, physical health, anxiety, and distress. A one-year follow up showed that patients had maintained these initial gains. The researchers conclude MBSR can enhance health-related quality of life and may have effects on long-term health. (Zach Rowinski 2005-03-03)</p>