Engagement in mindfulness practices by U.S. Adults: Sociodemographic barriers

Henry A. Olano, Diana Kachan, Stacey L. Tannenbaum, Ashwin Mehta, Debra Annane, David J. Lee

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Objective: To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices. Methods: National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Results: 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. Conclusion: Vulnerable population groups with worse health outcomes were less likely to engage in mindfulness practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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