- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Researchers at Brown University have been awarded a $4.7 million grant to study whether mindfulness can help patients stick with lifestyle changes.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will cover two phases of research that will show whether mindfulness interventions were successful and their overall impact on patients’ adherence to medical regimens. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present.

Studies will take place at Brown, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts.

Principal investigator Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown School of Public Health, says the goal is to have a greater influence on health outcomes.

The project will be an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the fields of clinical psychology, neuroscience, religious studies, cognitive science, epidemiology and psychiatry.

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