Guidelines for Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating Mind-Body Programs in a Military Healthcare Setting

Katherine Smith, Kimberly Firth, Sandra Smeeding, Ruth Wolever, Joanna Kaufman, Roxana Delgado, Dawn Bellanti, Lea Xenakis

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Abstract

Research suggests that the development of mind-body skills can improve individual and family resilience, particularly related to the stresses of illness, trauma, and caregiving. To operationalize the research evidence that mind-body skills help with health and recovery, Samueli Institute, in partnership with experts in mind-body programming, created a set of guidelines for developing and evaluating mind-body programs for service members, veterans, and their families. The Guidelines for Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating Mind-Body Programs in a Military Healthcare Setting outline key strategies and issues to consider when developing, implementing, and evaluating a mind-body focused family empowerment approach in a military healthcare setting. Although these guidelines were developed specifically for a military setting, most of the same principles can be applied to the development of programs in the civilian setting as well. The guidelines particularly address issues unique to mind-body programs, such as choosing evidence-based modalities, licensure and credentialing, safety and contraindications, and choosing evaluation measures that capture the holistic nature of these types of programs. The guidelines are practical, practice-based guidelines, developed by experts in the fields of program development and evaluation, mind-body therapies, patient- and family-centered care, as well as, experts in military and veteran's health systems. They provide a flexible framework to create mind-body family empowerment programs and describe important issues that program developers and evaluators are encouraged to address to ensure the development of the most impactful, successful, evidence-supported programs possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-33
Number of pages16
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Empowerment
  • Guidelines
  • Healthcare
  • Military healthcare
  • Mind-body skills
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Analysis
  • Chiropractics
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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