Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for episodic versus chronic migraine


  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for migraine (MBCT-M) is an effective tool for reducing headache-related disability, especially in patients with episodic migraine.

Why this matters

  • Migraine is a common neurological condition which confers significant headache-related disability. Although treatments exist which help to reduce frequency and disability of migraines, there is scope for improvement.

  • MBCT is an 8-week intervention validated in depression and chronic pain. The Bronx MBCT-M study investigated MBCT for reducing headache-related disability in patients with migraine, to great effect.

  • The investigators hypothesized that MBCT may be particularly effective in patients with chronic versus episodic migraine.