“ It is like the instruction on the airplane to put on your own oxygen mask first and then help others put theirs on. We’re not giving oxygen masks to HCPs. Teaching them mindfulness practice is like giving them this much needed oxygen mask“
- Daniel Ziegel
“When we can actually be where we are, not trying to find another state of mind, we discover deep internal resources we can make use of. Coming to terms with things as they are is my definition of healing“
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO ENHANCE FOCUS & JUDGMENT, AS WELL AS, PREVENT BURNOUT & COMPASSION FATIGUE
Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness-based training, can be very effective in managing stress and a variety of mind/body conditions (1,2). Studies of MBSR focusing on healthcare providers (HCPs) also have yielded positive results, with MBSR helping to increase focus, attention, and calmness and reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression (3,4).
The research also points to a positive impact on the patient experience, including compassionate response to suffering, increased feelings of social connection, improvements in patient-centered communication, and more satisfied patients (5-7).
Mindfulness practice for both patients and staff could save the health care systems money and reduce staff stress, according to the first government report to consider mindfulness as a matter of public policy in the UK. The Mindfulness Initiative ,
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Goodman MJ, Schorling JB. A mindfulness course decreases burnout and improves well-being among healthcare providers. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2012;43(2):119-128.
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Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, et al. Association of an education program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians. JAMA. 2009;302(12):1284-1293. doi: 10.1001/jama.2009.1384.