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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Treatment for Tourette Syndrome

What is the research about?

Although there are medications available for Tourette Syndrome (TS), some people don’t want to take them, or they have unacceptable side effects.  Behaviour therapies are offered, too, but they work in only some people. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapies are used successfully in other conditions, it has not been tried with TS.  While stress does not cause TS, it can worsen the tics. This study looked at whether, or not a modified version of MBSR had a positive effect on the tics seen in TS.

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Patient-Led Physician Education Program About Tourette Syndrome

Over the last few years, there have been calls to change the way medicine is practised. In some places, traditional doctor-focused, diseased-centered, and prescriptive medical practice is now being replaced with a more empathetic, collaborative, and patient-centered approach. To be effective, it means that doctors need to be emotionally involved with and interested in the unique experiences of their patients. This change is being made in the hope of improving the quality of the patient-physician relationship and thus, treatment success.

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