Krusche A., Cyhlarova E., King S., Williams J.M.G. Mindfulness online: A preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of web-based mindfulness courses and the impact on stress. BMJ Open 2012; 2: e000803 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000803
There is evidence that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can be an effective intervention for a wide range of chronic health problems. Previous research suggests that mindfulness practices help alleviate stress. The authors of the current study sought to determine if online MBCT would also help decrease perceived stress levels among a self-referred sample. Participants (100) took part in a 6-week mindfulness based stress reduction and cognitive therapy intervention program. They completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) before the program, after the program, and at 1-month follow up. Results showed that online MBCT significantly reduced perceived stress levels; perceived stress levels remained stable at the 1-month follow up; and pre and post effect sizes were equivalent to levels found in other mindfulness and cognitive therapies delivered face-to-face. This study provides preliminary support for online based MBCT.