Providing mindfulness meditation for patients with depression and anxiety in a community pharmacy: A pilot study.

Medicines Management Collection
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA
Publication date:
11 December 2018


OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess the impact of mindfulness meditation offered in a community pharmacy on patients with current anxiety or a history of anxiety, depression, or both. SETTING Community pharmacy clinical space located in a grocery store. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION An 8-week, once-per-week mindfulness meditation program for patients with anxiety or depression. PRACTICE INNOVATION A pharmacist provided mindfulness meditation within the clinical space in a community pharmacy. EVALUATION PHQ-9 and GAD-7 were used to assess prestudy and poststudy depression and anxiety severity, respectively. Items pertaining to participant demographics and experience in the program were also included. RESULTS Twelve participants completed the study requirements. Three-quarters of participants experienced a reduction in the severity of their depression or anxiety, and no participant experienced an increase in the severity of his or her condition. CONCLUSION Findings from this study indicated that a mindfulness meditation program delivered in a community pharmacy and provided by a pharmacist for patients with depression or anxiety, or both, can result in a reduction in severity of their conditions for participants.