MoCHI: Mindfulness and Chronic Pelvic Pain in Active Duty Women

This year, Carol Crisp, a Ph.D student here at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, had the opportunity to present her research findings on Mindfulness and Chronic Pelvic Pain in Active Duty Women at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference.  The School of Nursing and Health Studies would like to congratulate Carol for a successful presentation. We encourage you to read more about her poster below.

Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP) is a common pain condition affecting 1 in 4 women. It is also difficult to diagnose and treat, significantly affecting women’s quality of life. It can particularly affect active duty women because of higher expectations of performance, including deployment into combat zones.  Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is an alternative treatment that focus’ on psycho-behavioral, neuroendocrine, and immune system interactions. Its objective is to help patients grasp the goal of self-regulation for health improvement, and it has been increasingly used for its therapeutic efficacy in an assortment of illnesses that are challenging to treat. Because of the mind-body connection in CPP, improvement in active duty women after MBSR classes will be evaluated not only by their perception of pain and mental state, but also by cytokines and miRNAs, physiological markers of pain and inflammation.