In the study, investigators from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH utilized a structured relaxation and resiliency program that was then offered to individuals at a number of local hospitals. What they found was that this form of mind body training helped to significantly lower utilization of healthcare resources and services, including ED visits, lab tests and imaging, and in doing so helped to also save money.
"The eight-week program, which meets weekly for about three hours, focuses on relaxation—through meditation, yoga and stress-reduction exercises—and resiliency-building, through social support, cognitive skills training and positive psychology.
After the intervention, the relaxation group used 43% fewer medical services than they had in the previous year. When the researchers did a second analysis comparing the relaxation group to a control group of people with identical medical-services usage rates at the beginning, the effect was still strong: a 25% drop in clinical services."
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