A preliminary evaluation of Be Mindful
A preliminary analysis of the Be Mindful course was conducted by the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, with findings published in the British Medical Journal Open Access (BMJ Open) in 2012.
The study investigated the feasibility of an online (web-based) mindfulness intervention for reducing perceived stress. Data from 100 participants who had enrolled and paid for the Be Mindful course themselves (self-referrals) was evaluated.
Participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) assessment at the beginning of the course, the end and at a one-month follow up. The results showed significant reductions in perceived stress pre to post-course, and a further reduction at the one-month follow up assessment, suggesting the mindfulness techniques learned were maintained. An average reduction of 40% in perceived stress was reported.
The preliminary analysis presented such promising and highly significant results that the authors concluded with an emphasis on the importance of further evaluation of Be Mindful. As such, Adele Krusche, Eva Cyhlarova and Mark Williams went on to conduct a more in-depth evaluation of the Be Mindful course in the following year, investigating the course's impact on perceived stress, and introducing two additional clinically validated assessments to also measure its impact on depression (PHQ-9) and anxiety (GAD-7), and with more than double the number of participants.
Results of the second evaluation study further substantiated the highly significant outcomes of this preliminary analysis.
Reference: Krusche, A., Cyhlarova, E., King, S., & Williams, J. M. G. (2012). Mindfulness online: a preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of a web-based mindfulness course and the impact on stress. BMJ open, 2(3), e000803