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Australas Psychiatry. 2019 Jun;27(3):219-224. doi: 10.1177/1039856219848838. Epub 2019 May 13.

Mindfulness-based intervention to reduce burnout and psychological distress, and improve wellbeing in psychiatry trainees: a pilot study.

Author information

1
Psychiatry Registrar, Department of Mental and Addiction Health, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
2
Psychiatrist, Department of Mental and Addiction Health, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC, and; Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPRc), Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
3
Deputy Director of General Medicine, Department of General Medicine, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC Australia.
4
Psychiatrist, Department of Mental and Addiction Health, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
5
Research Medical Officer, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPRc), Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
6
Director, TREAT Healthcare Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Healthcare professionals including psychiatry trainees experience high amounts of occupational stress. This pilot study aims to assess the impacts and feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention program as an occupational intervention in a metropolitan hospital.

METHOD:

Psychiatry trainees participated in an mindfulness-based intervention training program consisting of 1-h weekly sessions over 8 weeks. Levels of psychological distress and mindfulness were measured pre and post-intervention. Qualitative data through an open-ended feedback survey were also collected.

RESULTS:

There was an improved level of mindfulness and a decreased level of burnout among trainees post-intervention. Advantages of the program included having a compassionate facilitator and the program being tailored to healthcare staff. Limiting factors included time restraints and clinical responsibilities.

CONCLUSION:

Psychiatry trainees can benefit from an occupational MBI program. This can positively impact their health as well as improve their work performance. A number of factors important for implementation of a mindfulness-based intervention program were also identified.

KEYWORDS:

burnout; mindfulness; occupational health; staff intervention; stress

PMID:
31081336
DOI:
10.1177/1039856219848838

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