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Research shows reduced medical care utilization in people practising Transcendental Meditation

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11 July 2011

Several peer-reviewed, scientific research studies have investigated how the Transcendental Meditation program lowers health-care costs.

The first study to be considered in this series—a large study of the insurance statistics of 2,000 Transcendental Meditation participants over a 5-year period—indicates what could happen if Transcendental Meditation were incorporated into existing health care programs.

The study found that the Transcendental Meditation group had 55% less medical care utilization, both inpatient and outpatient, compared to controls matched for age, gender, and occupation.

The Transcendental Meditation group had lower sickness rates in all categories of disease, including 87% less hospitalization for heart disease and 55% less for cancer.

The difference between the Transcendental Meditation and non-Transcendental Meditation groups was greatest for individuals over 40 years of age.

Reference: Orme-Johnson, D. W. (1987). Medical care utilization and the Transcendental Meditation program. Psychosomatic Medicine; 49(1): 493-507.

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© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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