Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
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Comparing the Effectiveness of the Unified Protocol Transdiagnostic and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program on Anxiety and Depression in Infertile Women Receiving In Vitro Fertilisation

Author(s): Elnaz Mousavi, Sedighe Hosseini, Maryam Bakhtiyari, Abolfazl Mohammadi, Mohesn Saberi Isfeedvajani, Abbas Masjedi Arani* and Seyed Hassan Sadaat


Introduction: Our study aimed to preliminary evaluated outcomes on anxiety and depression symptoms among infertile women treated with unified protocol transdiagnostic (UP) in a group format and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

Methods: A total of 45 subjects were randomly selected, of which 15 subjects were assigned to each of the experimental groups and 15 subjects in the control group. After referral by the reproductive endocrinologist, the subjects were evaluated by a clinical psychologist in terms of SCID structured; beck anxiety inventory and beck depression inventory-second edition then the subjects were randomly assigned into two groups.

Results: We found significant decline on general anxiety, and depression, while significant change over treatment in the UP and MBSR groups was observed as compared to control group. Our analysis revealed the larger effect sizes for changes in anxiety symptoms, followed by depressive. Furthermore, Treatment outcomes were demonstrated in UP and MBSR groups on general symptoms of anxiety, and depression after 3-months follow-up.

Conclusion: MBSR training declined mean anxiety and depression, and enhanced mindfulness, which can be applied as a useful approach for managing and decreasing anxiety and depression in infertile women receiving In vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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