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Further Reading, Research, and References


If you would like to learn more about the Department of Psychology in Beaumont Hospital, please visit their website.

If you are interested in reading more about relaxation and stress reduction, we recommend the following as a good place to start:

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Sixth Edition.
By Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay
Published by New Harbinger Publications Inc.

If you are interested in reading more about mindfulness and its benefits for managing illness and improving quality of life, we recommend the following as a good place to start:

Full Catastrophe Living:  How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation.
By Jon Kabat-Zinn and published by Piatkus

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.
By Danny Penman and Mark Williams.

Other publications that may be of interest and that offer pointers on how to live mindfully in our day to day lives are:

By Jon Kabat-Zinn:

  • Wherever you fo there you are
  • Coming to our senses

By Thich Nhat Han:

  • The How to Series: Walk, Love, Sit Eat
  • Reconciliation

By Jack Kornfield:

  • The Wise Heart
  • After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

By Pema Chodron:

  • Start where you are
  • When things fall apart

You may choose to listen to audio information on Mindfulness or indeed watch Youtube clips; below are some resources:

  • 100% Happier by Daniel Harris (Podcast)
  • Hurry Slowly (Podcast)
  • Tara Brach (YouTube)
  • Kristin Neff (TED talk and YouTube)
  • John Peacock
  • Akincono (Mark Weber
  • Charma Seed Talks

If you are interested in reviewing research in the area of relaxation and mindfulness training in medical settings, some recent articles are listed below as a starting point for your reading.

Agee, J.D., Danoff-Burg, S., & Grant, C.A. (2009). Comparing brief stress management courses in a community sample: Mindfulness skills and progressive muscle relaxation. Explore, 5(2), 104-109.

Kwekkeboom, K.L., Hau, H., Wanta, B., & Bumpus, M. (2008). Patients’ perceptions of the effectiveness of guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation interventions used for cancer pain. Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 14, 185-194.

Prazak, M., Critelli, J., Martin, L., Miranda, V., Purdum, M., & Powers, C. (2012). Mindfulness and its role in physical and psychological health. Applied Psychology : Health and Well-Being, 4(1), 91-105.

Mars, T.S., & Abbey, H. (2010). Mindfulness meditation practise as a healthcare intervention: A systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 13, 56-66.

Merkes, M. (2010). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for people with chronic diseases. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16, 200-210.

If you are interested in reviewing research in the area of relaxation and mindfulness training for health care professionals, some recent articles are listed below as a starting point for your reading.

Beckman,H.B.,Wendland,M.,Mooney,C.,Krasner,M.S.,etal.(2012).The impact of a program in mindful communication on primary care physicians. Academic Medicine, 87(6), 1‐ 5.

Bond, F., Bunce, D. (2000). Mediators of change in emotion-focused and problem-focused worksite stress management interventions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 5, 156-163.

Dane, E. (2010). Paying attention to mindfulness and its effects on task performance in the workplace. Journal of Management.

Jha, A,P., Rogers, S.L., & Morrison, A. B., (2014) in Baer, R., A. (Ed). (2014).  Mindfulness Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications. P347-366. Elsevier. London.

Kearney, M,. Weininger, R, B,. Vachon, M, L, S,. Harrison, R, L,. & Mount, B, M,. (2009)  Self care of Physicians caring for Patients at the end of life. JAMA, March 2009 Vol 301, No11. Pages 1155-1164

Krasner, M, S,. Epstein, R, M,. Beckman, H,. Suchman, A,L,. Chapman, B. Mooney, C, J,. Quill, T, E,. (2009). Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy and attitudes among primary care physicians. JAMA, September 2009. Vol 302 (12): 1284-1293 Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

Glomb, Theresa M., Michelle K. Duffy, Joyce E. Bono and Tao Yang,(2011): Mindfulness at work. Personnel and Human Resources Management, Volume 30, 115–157

Sibinga, EM. MD, MHS; Wu, AW. MD, MPH. Clinician Mindfulness and Patient Safety . JAMA. 2010;304(22):2532-2533.

Shapiro, S. L., Astin, J. A., Bishop, S. R., Cordova, M. (2005). Mindfulness–Based

Stress reduction for health care professionals: results from a randomized trial.

International Journal of Stress Management Vol. 12, No.2, 164-176