Creating a culture of mindfulness in medicine

Mindfulness: theories & benefits

Luchterhand, C., et al. (2015). Creating a Culture of Mindfulness in Medicine. Health Innovations (Wisconsin Medical Journal), 114(3), 105-109. Full text.

Background: Well-documented challenges faced by primary care clinicians have brought growing awareness to the issues of physician wellness and burnout and the potential subsequent impact on patients. Research has identified mindfulness as a tool to increase clinician well-being and enhance clinician characteristics associated with a more patient-centered orientation to clinical care.

Objective: The overall goal of our intervention was to promote the cultivation of mindful awareness throughout our health system, creating a culture of mindfulness in medicine
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Methods: We developed a systems-level strategy to promote health and resilience for clinicians and patients by preparing a group of clinician leaders to serve as catalysts to practice and teach mindfulness. The strategy involved 3 steps: (1) select 5 primary care leaders to help foster mindfulness within both…

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