Author: Barnhill JL1, Gerkin JS2, Moura VL2, Weil AB3
1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
2Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
3Division of General Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Conference/Journal: Glob Adv Health Med.
Date published: 2020 Feb 14
Other: Volume ID: 9 , Pages: 2164956120907876 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/2164956120907876. eCollection 2020. , Word Count: 158
Interventions that support employee wellness and resilience hold potential to improve patient care, increase staff engagement, and decrease burnout. This repeat-measures study evaluated whether an abbreviated version of mind-body medicine skills training could decrease stress and improve mindfulness among an interdisciplinary cohort of health-care professionals. The study also assessed whether participants incorporated the mind-body medicine skills into their personal and professional lives. Aggregate results from this unpaired cohort showed decreased stress and increased mindfulness. Postcourse surveys demonstrated increased personal and professional use of mind-body medicine skills. There was high favorability among participants. These preliminary results suggest that a modest investment of time and resources to learn mind-body medicine skills may positively affect employee wellness among health-care professionals. In addition, skills learned could translate into improved patient care and increased staff engagement. Further study with larger cohorts and a paired design is needed.
© The Author(s) 2020.
KEYWORDS: burnout; employee wellness; mindfulness; mind–body medicine; well-being
PMID: 32110476 PMCID: PMC7025417 DOI: 10.1177/2164956120907876