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A Comparison of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Treatment as Usual, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Meta Analytic Comparison of Effect Sizes

28 July 2019


The objective of this study is to analyze the research on the application of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in the treatment of depression and/or anxiety using meta-analytic methods. Seventeen studies meeting inclusion criteria were identified. There was a significant effect of MBCT compared with both treatment as usual and waitlist control groups for symptoms of depression and anxiety. Thus, MBCT is an effective treatment for symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Additional randomized controlled trials will increase the quality and breadth of the evidence for MBCT’s effectiveness.


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