Evaluation of a Comprehensive Biofeedback/Stress Management Program,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Biofeedback and Stress Management programs have gained recent popularity for their applicability to the wide range of stress-related physical and psychological disorders. The present paper describes a structured, comprehensive four-week program involving group sessions, individual biofeedback sessions, and extensive home practice. Emphasis is placed on establishing healthier lifestyles through specific behavioral coping techniques for the physiological, emotional, and intellectual components of the stress response. The goal of the program is to reduce the frequency and severity of one or two clearly identified stress-related symptoms. Methods are detailed for the collection of baseline physiological and psychological data, as well as for subsequent post-treatment program evaluation. Preliminary evaluation results from the first 96 program participants are tabulated, and overall improvement ratings are presented in terms of both physiological and self-rating measures. Presenting characteristics and prognostic indicators for major diagnostic categories are discussed. Suggestions are made for further improvements in the evaluation process.
- Stress Physiology