Enhancing Clinicians’ Well-Being and Patient-Centered Care Through Mindfulness
In this study, the researchers examined the effect of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course teaching mindfulness and stress management on subsequent clinical encounters. The results showed significant reductions in stress, which correlated with less judgmental attitudes and less reactivity-facets of mindfulness. A significant decrease in emotional exhaustion was correlated with more actions with awareness and less judgmental attitudes. Patient perceptions of care (patient-centered care) improved after MBSR. Decreased depersonalization was significantly associated with an “understanding of the patient’s experience of illness.” Overall, mindfulness and meaningfulness had a direct and positive impact on clinicians’ well-being and led to patients feeling better understood.