Mindfulness at OHSU

OHSU is one of many major academic medical centers that have incorporated mindfulness services for patients, caregivers and staff. Mindfulness, defined as moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, can be cultivated through simple meditation practices and other strategies that enhance presence of mind. The benefits of mindfulness are tangible and include physical and psychological improvements, as well as enhanced quality of life. OHSU is dedicated to providing treatments, conducting research, and offering classes based in mindfulness as a measure to support the health and wellness of the entire OHSU community.

Mindfulness for health and wellbeing

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Mindfulness is a powerful complementary treatment for a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions. It is also an invaluable tool for navigating the challenges of modern daily life. A growing body of research has demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can significantly reduce blood pressure, depression, anxiety and pain, and improve neurological function. Evidence also suggests that mindfulness practice can significantly improve relationship functioning, stress-related burnout, and creativity. Below is a summary of robust and relevant Randomized Controlled Trials in which specific groups benefited from mindfulness interventions:

Pain:  Chronic Pain, IBS, Fibromyalgia
Cancer:  Cachexia, Breast Cancer, Cancer Survivors
Neurological:  Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Epilepsy
Cardiovascular:  Cardiovascular Disease, Prehypertension, Patients with ICDs
Wellness:  Relationship Enhancement, Stress and Burnout, Focus and Creativity