Breathworks is engaged in an on-going programme of research with university and hospital partners.  There are several partnerships in progress at the moment that we hope will build a more substantial body of research, which in turn will help to make the case for larger clinical trials.

Some of the partnerships in progress are the following:

  • A PhD study is in progress trialling the online Mindfulness for Health course for patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre and their partners, exploring the effect of mindfulness practice on quality of life. The study is now entering the data analysis stage, with initial feedback very positive.

  • A doctoral study trialling the Mindfulness for Health book and CD with gastrointestinal in-patients at University College London Hospital (UCLH) was completed in 2015, and is currently being written up for publication.

  • Several research bids are in process, including for older people with pain, for people experiencing late effects of cancer and its treatment, and for people living with multiple long-term conditions. There are other bids in development, including comparing online and group delivery of Mindfulness for Health.

  • Breathworks have an ongoing research collaboration with the Maggie's cancer support centres and the University of Manchester Health Psychology department, currently conducting an initial study into the impact of the Mindfulness for Health course on ability to manage pain, emotional distress and bodily distress in people with late effects from cancer treatments and their significant others.

  • The Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course is currently being delivered and evaluated within several NHS settings, including pain units, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and mental health service contexts.

New Mindfulness Research Opportunities

Breathworks are always keen to build and support research partnerships, if you wish to discuss any opportunities please do get in touch with our research lead, Colin Duff: [email protected]