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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov;25:18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.003. Epub 2016 Aug 3.

"Awareness is the first step": An interprofessional course on mindfulness & mindful-movement for healthcare professionals and students.

Author information

1
Department of Family and Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, 1100 E. Leigh Street, PO Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. Electronic address: kinserpa@vcu.edu.
2
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 806 W. Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284, USA.
3
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, 521 North 11th St, Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.
4
Department of Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, 521 North 11 St, Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.
5
Internal Medicine, VCU Health System, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1012 East Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23298-0549, USA.

Abstract

High levels of stress and related burnout in healthcare professionals (HCPs) are prevalent and costly conditions. Mindfulness training has received recent attention as a possible prevention/intervention strategy to enhance resilience to stress and reduce risk of burnout in HCPs. The purpose of this mixed-methods pilot study was to evaluate the preliminary feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects of an 8-week mindfulness curriculum for interprofessional HCPs and trainees (n = 27). Qualitative findings supported feasibility and acceptability of the course for a wide variety of HCP disciplines, including nursing, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, social work, mental health, and clinical research. Despite being limited by a small sample size, there were statistically significant reductions in perceived stress, anxiety, and specific aspects of burnout from pre-to post-intervention and there was a trend in an enhanced sense of personal accomplishment over time.

KEYWORDS:

Burnout; Healthcare professionals; Mindful movement; Stress

PMID:
27863607
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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