"Awareness is the first step": An interprofessional course on mindfulness & mindful-movement for healthcare professionals and students.

Author: Kinser P1, Braun S2, Deeb G3, Carrico C4, Dow A5
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup>Department of Family and Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, 1100 E. Leigh Street, PO Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. Electronic address: kinserpa@vcu.edu. <sup>2</sup>Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 806 W. Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284, USA. <sup>3</sup>Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, 521 North 11th St, Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. <sup>4</sup>Department of Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, 521 North 11 St, Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. <sup>5</sup>Internal Medicine, VCU Health System, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1012 East Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23298-0549, USA.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2016 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 25 , Pages: 18-25 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.003. Epub 2016 Aug 3. , Word Count: 152

High levels of stress and related burnout in healthcare professionals (HCPs) are prevalent and costly conditions. Mindfulness training has received recent attention as a possible prevention/intervention strategy to enhance resilience to stress and reduce risk of burnout in HCPs. The purpose of this mixed-methods pilot study was to evaluate the preliminary feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects of an 8-week mindfulness curriculum for interprofessional HCPs and trainees (n = 27). Qualitative findings supported feasibility and acceptability of the course for a wide variety of HCP disciplines, including nursing, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, social work, mental health, and clinical research. Despite being limited by a small sample size, there were statistically significant reductions in perceived stress, anxiety, and specific aspects of burnout from pre-to post-intervention and there was a trend in an enhanced sense of personal accomplishment over time.

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KEYWORDS: Burnout; Healthcare professionals; Mindful movement; Stress

PMID: 27863607 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.003