Mindfulness-based interventions have been demonstrated to bring measurable benefits in patients with a range of illnesses, especially with a chronic condition. Numerous studies in-volving patients with specific diseases have shown mindfulness-based interventions to be ef-fective in improving a series of variables related to quality of life and adjustment to the disease. Mindfulness practice would appear to promote an increase in well-being and in perceived quality of life, with a consequent decrease in psychological distress, especially levels of anxiety and depression. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a mindfulness - based intervention in improving perceived health in patients with chronic conditions, recruited from Treviso’s hospital departments. The Psychological General Well-Being Index (PGWBI) was used to evaluate perceived well-being. The results showed a significant improvement in the perception of well-being, reflecting a transformation from severe distress to a distress-free state. In conclusion, these results suggest that, when parameters used to measure perception of anxiety, depression, self-control, vitality, positivity and general health are considered, mindfulness practice significantly improved the perception of well-being of the patients who participated in the study.
Keywords: Mindfulness, hospital patients, well-being, distress, anxiety, depression.
Alessandra Mauri, Maddalena Tomas, Giulia Ongaro, Olga Riccato, Perceived well-being and mindfulness practices in hospital patients in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 1/2018, pp. 146-159, DOI:10.3280/PDS2018-001009