New Resource Available: Mind-Body Program Guidelines

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Front cover of reportThis fall, Samueli Institute delivered on a promise to develop and field test a set of tools that military health care facilities could use to help Service members and their families cope with stress, improve their health, and thrive by using self-applied mind-body skills to manage stress.

We refer to this as a family empowerment approach: empowering Service members and families to take active participation in their medical care and symptom management; to be responsible for and participatory in their health and healing process; to instill them with a sense of control over their recovery; and to increase operational efficiency of an increasingly utilized military health care system.
The mind-body skills outlined in these guidelines refer to mind-body practices that can be self-administered without the ongoing assistance of an outside clinician.

These modalities include meditation, breathing, yoga, imagery, self-hypnosis, progressive relaxation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and some types of biofeedback. This document outlines key strategies and issues military medical leaders and practitioners should consider when developing, implementing and evaluating mind-body empowerment programs that support their health care service support mission.

The tools, called the Guidelines for Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating Mind-Body Programs in a Military Health Care Setting, are available to all and accessible for download:

This work is supported by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Award No. W81XWH-11-1-0759.

The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentation.