Accessibility and implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

View the published study protocol.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)  is a cost effective psychosocial prevention programme that helps people with recurrent depression stay well in the long term. It was singled out in the 2009 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Depression Guideline as a key priority for implementation.

The research had two main aims:

  1. To scope current MBCT practice across the UK.
  2. To develop a set of key recommendations for introducing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy into health service delivery.

Interviews were conducted with stakeholders involved in commissioning, managing and implementing MBCT services in each of the four UK countries, and included interviews with stakeholders in areas where MBCT services are being implemented successfully and where implementation is not working well.

In depth case studies were undertaken on a range of MBCT services to develop a detailed understanding of the barriers and facilitators to implementation.

The information from this work will be used to inform the development of an implementation plan which will include a range of methods to address implementation barriers. View the full research findings published in Health Services and Delivery Research in April 2017.

The project was covered in a recent blog from the NIHR dissemination centre: Preventing Depression with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: From Evidence to Practice.


Supported by:

National Institute for Health Research - Health Services Delivery Programme