The Mindful Breathing Laboratory at Mayo Clinic aims to improve well-being in chronic conditions through self-awareness, self-management and social awareness.

Areas of research and clinical interest include mindfulness, emotional intelligence, motivational interviewing-based health coaching, mindful communication and physical activity, and their relationship with health outcomes.

Ongoing research projects in the Mindful Breathing Lab include:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer resection (NIH, National Cancer Institute RO1). This project studies the effects of a simple program of pre-surgical rehabilitation that includes breathing awareness training, mindful exercises and inspiratory muscle training on surgical outcomes.
  • Health care coaching and smart technology to improve well-being and physical activity in COPD. This project studies whether motivational interviewing-based health coaching plus remote activity monitoring improves daily physical activity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Multicomponent intervention to decrease COPD-related hospitalizations (NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute RO1). This project studies rehospitalization rates, quality of life and physical activity using motivational interviewing-based health coaching plus home pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD patients following discharge after an exacerbation-related hospitalization.
  • Identifying therapeutic targets to deal with stress through mindfulness. This project aims to identify the factors associated with improved stress management in a large cohort of Mayo Clinic employees in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.
  • Mindfulness-based interventions for providers, patients with dyspnea, and their caregivers. This series of interventions evaluates the effect of mindfulness practices on well-being, burnout, stress and other patient-reported outcomes.
  • Impact of self-compassion and emotional intelligence on the perception of well-being and self-care abilities. This cross-sectional study aims to assess the relationship between disease-specific quality of life, self-compassion and emotional intelligence, and self-care abilities through validated tools in people with chronic lung disease.
  • Cognitive abilities, self-management and quality of life in COPD. This project includes a comprehensive prospective measure of cognitive abilities in COPD and the analysis of its association with meaningful outcomes. It also involves a reanalysis of longitudinal data on 1,000 patients with severe COPD, looking at executive function and hospitalization and mortality.
  • Mindfulness for Healthy Living. This clinical program, open to people with chronic conditions, offer a hands-on mindfulness-based rehabilitation program aimed to equip patients, caregivers and providers with tools to live better. The key concept is that people can play an active role in self-care through self-awareness and self-management by setting simple goals that align with their priorities.