Mindfulness in medicine

David Rakel, Luke Fortney, Victor S. Sierpina, Mary Jo Kreitzer

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8 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-126
Number of pages3
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011

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To address these concerns, the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program was awarded a grant from the Mental Insight Foundation and the Mai Family Foundation to study how mindfulness training for primary care clinicians may influence the rate of burnout and clinician resiliency in primary care. Thirty primary care clinicians will participate in two separate five-day mindfulness courses ( Figure 1 ). This course is modified from the traditional eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and will be offered in a nonresidential weekend retreat with two follow-up sessions. The clinician-focused curriculum will first ask participants to practice mindfulness in their own lives and then encourage them to bring this practice into the clinical encounter with patients. The “practice in your practice” curriculum encourages primary care clinicians to use the patient encounter as one aspect of their formal mindfulness meditation practice. The participants will be surveyed using tools to assess clinician burnout, mental health, perceived stress and emotional well-being at baseline, two months, five months, and 11 months after starting the program.

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