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Feasibility and effectiveness of an interprofessional mindfulness-informed group-based intervention for treatment of overactive bladder: a pilot study

Feasibility and effectiveness of an interprofessional mindfulness-informed group-based intervention for treatment of overactive bladder: a pilot study

Rebecca Reisch, PT, PhD; Ruth Zuniga, PhD; Rebekah Das, PT, PhD

Urinary urgency is a dominant symptom of overactive bladder. Urgency can be influenced by the state of the nervous system and/or thoughts and behaviors associated with voiding. It is recognized that urgency is contributed to by both physical and affective states, so researchers aimed to determine if mindfulness informed group intervention was an effective intervention for overactive bladder. 

Some interesting findings:

  1. There are minimal barriers to implementing mindfulness group interventions as there is minimal equipment needed and it is short in duration.
  2. There was no change in episodes of frequency or urgency, but all participants noted benefit from the program.
  3. All participants requested referrals to mental health professionals after completion of the program.

Read the study to find out more about the clinical utility of recommending mindfulness-informed interventions for patients with symptoms of overactive bladder.

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