Episode 068 :: Daniel Cherkin :: MBSR and MBCT for Back Pain

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Daniel Cherkin

Dr. Daniel Cherkin speaks with us today about mindfulness programs impact on back pain.

We’ve seen a great deal of research about mindfulness these days, and in lots of arenas, including pain management. Much of that research is done by those with an interest in mindfulness; that’s what they study. But today’s guest speaks from the position of a researcher who does not have a vested interest in mindfulness or contemplative practice at all, and what he found in his randomized clinical trial for mindfulness effects on patients suffering from back pain.

Appointed December 2010 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Cherkin served on the 2011–2014 National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) within National Institutes of Health. He was appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)’s Advisory Panel for Improving Healthcare Systems Advisory Panel in 2013. Dr. Cherkin has maintained two faculty appointments at the University of Washington since the 1980s and is now affiliate professor in both family medicine and health services.

Special thanks to Rebecca Hughes for her coordination of today’s interview.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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