The mental health outcomes for people taking our digital courses is the subject of published research studies in scientific journals by leading healthcare and academic institutions.
Reducing Depression, Anxiety & Stress
A research study using a randomized waitlist control trial design, conducted by the University of Surrey, School of Psychology evaluated the effect of the Be Mindful course on depression, anxiety and perceived stress. Results showed that participants who completed the online mindfulness course reported significantly lower levels of perceived stress, depression and anxiety. Be Mindful course completers enjoyed a 63% decrease in depression, a 58% reduction in anxiety and a 40% reduction in perceived stress, and these effects were maintained at the 3- & 6-month follow-up. These findings strongly support the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as delivered through the Be Mindful online course, and the outcomes rival those of studies which employed a group face-to-face mindfulness-based intervention. This seminal research study was published in the Journal ‘Mindfulness’ in May 2018.
Reference: Querstret, D., Cropley, M. & Fife-Schaw, C. (2018) The Effects of an Online Mindfulness Intervention on Perceived Stress, Depression and Anxiety in a Non-clinical Sample: A Randomised Waitlist Control Trial. Mindfulness Journal (May 2018, pp.1-12), Springer
Reducing Healthcare Costs
A research study by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has been tracking the healthcare costs (From in-patient, out-patient and A&E services) for chronic pain patients using Pathway through Pain. The data indicates that the group who used Pathway through Pain had a large average healthcare cost reduction of £414.77 in the year after the intervention. (45% cost reduction). This compares with an increased average cost of £127.01 for the patient group who did not take the online course and had ‘treatment as usual’ during this period.
The research also indicates patients completing Pathway through Pain achieve significant improvements in the following outcome measures, from pre-intervention to post-intervention:
- 16% Reduction of Disability (ODI)
- 21% Improvement in Quality of Life (EQ-VAS)
- 33% Improvement of Confidence in Managing Pain
- 26% Reduction of Problems in Daily Life
- 17% Reduction of Pain Level
- 25% Reduction in Depression (PHQ-9)
- 27% Reduction in Anxiety (GAD-7)
Reference: Pimm, J., Maloney, C., Woods, N., Pickering, S., Watsham, E., Coote, L., Nayoan, J., Khalsa, R., & Sirhan, F. (May, 2016). An evaluation of a web-based pain management programme ‘Pathway Through Pain’: an interim analysis. British Pain Society Annual Conference 2016, Harrogate
Reducing Fatigue & Rumination
In a randomized waitlist control trial research study of the University of Surrey, School of Psychology evaluating the effect of the Be Mindful course on work-related rumination, chronic and acute fatigue, and sleep quality, it was found that the Be Mindful course had a significant positive influence on all factors. Course completers enjoyed a 25% decrease in rumination, a 26% reduction of chronic fatigue and 33% improved sleep quality. The findings not only show the great benefits of mindfulness, but also strongly support the effectiveness of online mindfulness training. This seminal research study was published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology in 2016.
Reference: Querstret, D, Cropley, M and Fife-Schaw, C (2016) Internet-based instructor-led mindfulness for work-related rumination, fatigue and sleep: assessing facets of mindfulness as mechanisms of change. A randomised waitlist control trial. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
Reducing Stress, Anxiety & Depression
The effectiveness of the Be Mindful course was the subject of a highly significant research study by the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University and published in BMJ Open. The reported average outcomes for completers of the course show participants enjoying reductions of 58% in anxiety (GAD-7), 40% in stress (PSS) and 57% in depression(PHQ-9).
Another research study of the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University evaluated the feasibility of the Be Mindful online course and its impact on stress. It was published in BMJ Open in 2012, and showed that participants enjoyed a 40% reduction in stress (PSS).
Reference: Krusche, Adele, Eva Cyhlarova, and J. Mark G. Williams. "Mindfulness online: an evaluation of the feasibility of a web-based mindfulness course for stress, anxiety and depression." BMJ open 3.11 (2013): e003498
Reference: Krusche, A., Cyhlarova, E., King, S., & Williams, J. M. G. (2012). Mindfulness online: a preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of a web-based mindfulness course and the impact on stress. BMJ open, 2(3), e000803