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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Caregivers


Brief Summary:

This study aims to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive
therapy (MBCT) in reducing anxiety and/or depressive symptoms in people with Parkinson’s
disease (PD) and caregivers of people with PD.


Inclusion Criteria:

– Having a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) or parkinsonism, established by a
neurologist, or being a caregiver of a person with PD or parkinsonism

– Living in the San Francisco Bay Area

– Being able and willing to attend 8 weekly 90-minute online group sessions (5-6:30 pm

– Mild-to-moderate anxiety: GAD-7 score ≤ 16

– Mild-to-moderate depression: PHQ-9 score ≤ 18

Exclusion Criteria:

– Severe anxiety: GAD-7 score > 16

– Moderately severe-to-severe depression: PHQ-9 score > 18

– Cognitive impairment: Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) score < 24 - Heavy alcohol or drug use - Severe psychosis - Active suicidal or homicidal ideation - For people with PD: severe motor fluctuations (less than 2 hours "on" time per day) - Pattern of engagement with health care that indicates low likelihood of completing an 8-week intervention.


  • University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
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