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An effectiveness study of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in a naturalistic Chinese community setting

[Speaker] Wong, Kwok Leung:1
[Co-author] Ling, Yuet Man:1, Yeung, Tsui Yee:1, Yau, Sau Wai:1
1:New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (Hong Kong)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy integrating mindfulness practice and cognitive principles to prevent relapse for people with recurrent depression. However, in naturalistic setting, comorbidity is a norm rather than exception. People having prior depressive episodes are prone to suffer from other mood-related disorders. The current study examined the effectiveness of MBCT in a naturalistic Chinese community setting. Participants with common mental health disorders were recruited from Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness (ICCMWs) in Hong Kong. A battery of questionnaires was conducted at pre-, post- and 6-month follow-up. The result showed that participants showed significant increase in mindfulness orientation, decrease in perceived stress and depressive symptoms and increase in quality of life. Effective implementation of MBCT to people with common mental disorders was feasible using larger group size. In view of resource limitation, MBCT can increase the accessibility of evidence-based practice in the community.
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