- •We performed a randomized trial on the effects of meditation versus self-care exercise in chronic neck pain.
- •Meditation led to superior pain relief and decreased pain-related bothersomeness. Meditation had no effect on functional disability.
- •We conclude that meditation may support chronic pain patients in pain reduction and pain coping.
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This trial is registered at German Clinical Trials Register: DRKS00000373.
This study was supported by grants from the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung and the Karl and Veronica Carstens Stiftung , Germany.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.