Mindfulness meditation: programmes for psychological stress and well-being


Dr Madhav Goyal, lead author of a new analysis of research on meditation, recently published his study: 'Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis' in JAMA Internal Medicine. In this podcast, Dr Goyal discusses his findings from the study and some surprising conclusions about the effectiveness of meditation with Dr Raj Persaud.


Date published: 10 April 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud 

Interviewee: Dr Madhav Goyal

Audio running time: 23 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will:


  • have obtained an overview of the efficacy of meditation programmes in improving stress-related mental health conditions, beyond the placebo effect


  • gain a further understanding of meditation research and the current Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) examining comparative effectiveness


  • have an understanding of 'Mindfulness' and Transcendental meditation and its effect on psychological treatment


  • have an idea of the role meditation could have in addressing psychological stress.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2014. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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