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A Randomized Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Psoriasis Patients

  • Alan MaddockEmail author
  • David Hevey
  • Paul D’Alton
  • Brian Kirby



The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on psoriasis patients’ symptoms, anxiety, depression, and psychological well-being. The study also examined if MBCT significantly impacted the domain and mediating variables of a clinically modified Buddhist psychological model (CBPM), which are acceptance, mindfulness, self-compassion, aversion, non-attachment, attention, rumination, and worry.


One hundred and one participants were randomly allocated to MBCT (n = 51) or TAU (n = 50). Participants were measured pre-treatment, post-treatment, and after a 3-month follow-up period.


Analyses revealed that when baseline variables were controlled, there was a significant reduction or increase in the hypothesized direction for each variable over time in the MBCT group, but not in the treatment as usual group.


The results suggest that MBCT may be a useful adjunct therapy for those suffering from psoriasis and the associated psychological symptoms relating to the condition.


Mindfulness Psoriasis Randomized trial Buddhist CBPM 


Author Contribution

AM: Study design, program delivery, data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation. DH: Study design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation. PD: Study design, program delivery, and manuscript preparation. BK: Study design, and manuscript preparation.

Funding Information

This research was funded by the Health Research Board SPHeRE/2013/1.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

Ethical approval for the study was provided by St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group Ethics and Medical Research Committee. All procedures performed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the Declaration of Helsinki (World Medical Association 2013) or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyTrinity CollegeDublin 2Ireland
  2. 2.St. Vincent’s University HospitalDublin 4Ireland

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