Engagement in mindfulness practices by u.s. Adults: sociodemographic barriers.

Author: Olano HA1, Kachan D, Tannenbaum SL, Mehta A, Annane D, Lee DJ.
11 Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami , Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.
Conference/Journal: J Altern Complement Med.
Date published: 2015 Feb
Other: Volume ID: 21 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 100-2 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0269 , Word Count: 100

To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices.
National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong.
Greater education was associated with mindfulness practices (odds ratio [OR], 4.02 [95% confidence interval [CI], 3.50-4.61]), men were half as likely as women to engage in any practice, and lower engagement was found among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
Vulnerable population groups with worse health outcomes were less likely to engage in mindfulness practices.
PMID: 25685958 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC4326023 [Available on 2016-02-01]