Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A mindful doctor is a happy doctor

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center have been looking into the effects of mindfulness meditation and communication in reducing stress and burnout among doctors,You and improving communication skills with patients. As many as 60% of doctors report symptoms of burnout such as emotional exhaustion, treating patients as objects and a low sense of accomplishment and it has been linked to a poorer quality of care, increased medical errors and reduced patient satisfaction. Mindful communication uses techniques from meditation to help people maintain an open and non-judgmental outlook as they tackle everyday tasks. 70 doctors from the Rochester area of New York had eight intensive weekly sessions of mindfulness training for 2 1/2 hours, an all-day session and a maintenance phase of 10 monthly 2 1/2 hour sessions. The doctors experienced improved well-being including significant decreases in burnout and mood disturbance and they also experienced positive changes in empathy and 'psychosocial orientation to clinical care'.

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