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Feyz 2016, 20(4): 361-368 Back to browse issues page
Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction on perceived stress and blood pressure among the hypertensive women
Elaheh Khosravi, Maryam Ghorbani *
Department of Psychology, Payam Noor University, Tehran, I. R. Iran. , ghorbani_psyc@yahoo.com
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Background: High blood pressure or hypertention is known as a silent death. Due to the effect of psychological factors on hypertention, the need for non-pharmacological approaches are felt in the treatment process. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on perceived stress and blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

Materials and Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, among all hypertensive patients referred to the Dr.Torkan clinic (Isfahan, ran) a number of 30 patients were selected using convince sampling and were randomly divided into equal Control and Experimental groups. The intervention was consisted of 8 sessions for mindfulness-based stress reduction once a week. All participants completed the Perceived Stress Questionnaire (Cohen, 1983) as pre-test and post-test and their blood pressures were measured.  

Results: The results showed that after 8 MBSR sessions, the positive and negative perception of stress in the experimental groups were significantly increased and decreased, respectively (P<0.05). In addition, changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressures were also significant (P<0.05).

Conclusion: In summary, the MBSR can improve the psychological factors contributing in hypertention and as a complementary option to medication it can reduce the high blood pressure in patients.  

Keywords: Hypertention, Perceived Stress, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2016/10/15 | Accepted: 2016/10/15 | Published: 2016/10/15
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Khosravi E, Ghorbani M. Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction on perceived stress and blood pressure among the hypertensive women. Feyz. 2016; 20 (4) :361-368
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