Mindfulness meditation practices can reduce burnout, increase compassion among physicians. Mindfulness-based interventions may ease burnout, increase compassion and improve the patient-physician relationship, according to a presentation at Healing Healthcare: A Global Mindfulness Summit.
During their presentation, Diane Reibel, PhD, the co-founder of the Stress Reduction Program at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University, and Aleezé Sattar Moss, PhD, the associate director of the Jefferson Center for Mindfulness within the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, led two guided meditation practices that clinicians can adopt to build resilience and reduce stress and burnout. The three axioms of mindfulness are intention, attention and attitude, Reibel and Moss said. The intention is to be present; attention is placed on what is actually arising in the moment; and attitude should be nonjudgmental and one of curiosity, open to experiences and kindness, according to Reibel.
Overall, the interventions are fewer than 10 minutes each in duration. Clinicians can practice mindfulness anywhere, at any time and length, Reibel said.”
Written by: Maria Marabito