Brief Video-Module Administered Mindfulness Program for Physicians: A Pilot Study

Explore (NY). Jan-Feb 2016;12(1):50-4. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2015.10.005. Epub 2015 Oct 26.

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a video-module-based mindfulness pilot program intended to reduce stress, improve well-being, and develop mindfulness skills in physicians in a community hospital setting. Preliminary findings are presented.

Materials and methods: Using a single-sample, pre-post study design, we administered an eight-week mindfulness training offered as part of a wellness initiative for medical staff in a suburban community hospital. Participants enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants engaged in three 90-min in-person trainings, weekly online video-module trainings, and weekly teleconference coaching calls. Video-module trainings were available at all times, to be accessed at the participants׳ convenience. Journals and a guided meditation audio library were also provided. Physician stress, well-being (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization of patients, and sense of personal accomplishment), and mindfulness skills (observing, describing, acting with awareness, and accepting without judgment) were evaluated at baseline, end-of-program, and eight weeks post-intervention using well-validated instruments.

Results: A total of 23 physicians enrolled and 19 completed the program. Compared to baseline, statistically significant decreases in stress, personal accomplishment, and emotional exhaustion were observed at end-of-program and eight weeks post-intervention (all P < .05). Significant increases in all mindfulness skills were observed at end-of-program; these increases persisted for describing, acting with awareness, and accepting without judgment at eight weeks post-intervention (all P < .05).

Conclusions: This study provides preliminary evidence that a flexible, video-module-based mindfulness program can decrease stress, increase well-being, and develop lasting mindfulness skills in physicians.

Keywords: Mindfulness; burnout; physician; stress; webcasts.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Awareness
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Emotions
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Judgment
  • Male
  • Meditation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness / education*
  • Personnel, Hospital / psychology*
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Videotape Recording / methods*
  • Webcasts as Topic