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Psychological interventions
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy delays depressive relapse across demographic subgroups
  1. Graham Meadows,
  2. Frances Shawyer
  1. Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Graham Meadows, Southern Synergy, Department of Psychiatry, Monash University, Administration, Research & Training (ART) Building, Dandenong Hospital, 126-128 Cleeland St, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia; Graham.meadows{at}

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What is already known on this topic

Several meta-analyses of about 20 year’s work on randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression (MBCT)1 have concluded that MBCT is efficacious in reducing relapse/recurrence where people have had at least three major depressive episodes (MDEs).

Methods of the study

In an update to a previous meta-analysis trial identification process,2 2555 potentially relevant studies published or accepted for publication between November 2010-November 2014 were identified through a systematic literature search using EMBASE, PsycINFO, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register. Of these, 766 studies were screened against study inclusion criteria; 8 full-text publications assessed for eligibility. Inclusion criteria were: (1) randomised trials of MBCT for prevention …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.