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Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

(PCORI) Research Resources

To Treat Anxiety, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Just as Safe and Effective as Common Medication, PCORI-funded Study Finds

  • Adults with anxiety disorders can experience comparable relief from a PCORI-funded study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

  • Researchers from Georgetown University compared how patients fared if they either took the drug escitalopram or participated in weekly mindfulness meditation classes with a trained instructor for eight weeks.

  • At the end of eight weeks, both groups reported about a 20% reduction in the severity of their symptoms. The findings of the study provide people living with anxiety disorders information that can help them choose among options to find relief.​

  • More information can be found here, including coverage of the study in popular media outlets.

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