Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain: results from a pilot trial.

James Carson, Francis J. Keefe, Thomas R. Lynch, Kimberly M. Carson, Veeraindar Goli, Anne Marie Fras, Steven R. Thorp

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PURPOSE: Loving-kindness meditation has been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition to develop love and transform anger into compassion. This pilot study tested an 8-week loving-kindness program for chronic low back pain patients. METHOD: Patients (N = 43) were randomly assigned to the intervention or standard care. Standardized measures assessed patients' pain, anger, and psychological distress. FINDINGS: Post and follow-up analyses showed significant improvements in pain and psychological distress in the loving-kindness group, but no changes in the usual care group. Multilevel analyses of daily data showed that more loving-kindness practice on a given day was related to lower pain that day and lower anger the next day. CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary results suggest that the loving-kindness program can be beneficial in reducing pain, anger, and psychological distress in patients with persistent low back pain. IMPLICATIONS: Clinicians may find loving-kindness meditation helpful in the treatment of patients with persistent pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-304
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain : results from a pilot trial. / Carson, James; Keefe, Francis J.; Lynch, Thomas R.; Carson, Kimberly M.; Goli, Veeraindar; Fras, Anne Marie; Thorp, Steven R.

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Carson, James ; Keefe, Francis J. ; Lynch, Thomas R. ; Carson, Kimberly M. ; Goli, Veeraindar ; Fras, Anne Marie ; Thorp, Steven R. / Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain : results from a pilot trial. In: Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. 2005 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 287-304.
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