Enhancing Relaxation States and Positive Emotions in Physicians Through a Mindfulness Training Program: A One-Year Study

This study, published in Psychology, Medicine, & Health, examined the impact of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on improving well-being (i.e. relaxation states and related positive emotions) in physicians. Physicians were randomized to a control or intervention group. The intervention group participated in an 8-week MBSR program, with an additional 10-month maintenance period and completed measures of mindfulness and relaxation at pre-intervention, post-intervention and after 10 months. Significant improvements in favor of the experimental group compared with the control group on the levels of mindfulness and relaxation (including positive emotional states, such as at ease/peace, renewal, energy, optimism, happiness, acceptance, and even transcendence) were obtained after eight weeks, and the effect size significantly increased at the end of the maintenance period after a year, especially for mindfulness and positive energy.

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