How Effective are Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Reducing Stress Among Healthcare Professionals? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Stress Health. 2017 Feb;33(1):3-13. doi: 10.1002/smi.2673. Epub 2016 Feb 25.


Workplace stress is high among healthcare professionals (HCPs) and is associated with reduced psychological health, quality of care and patient satisfaction. This systematic review and meta-analysis reviews evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for reducing stress in HCPs. A systematic literature search was conducted. Papers were screened for suitability using inclusion criteria and nine papers were subjected to review and quality assessment. Seven papers, for which full statistical findings could be obtained, were also subjected to meta-analysis. Results of the meta-analysis suggest that MBIs have the potential to significantly improve stress among HCPs; however, there was evidence of a file drawer problem. The quality of the studies was high in relation to the clarity of aims, data collection and analysis, but weaker in terms of sample size and the use of theoretical frameworks. MBIs have the potential to reduce stress among HCPs; however, more high-quality research is needed before this finding can be confirmed. Future studies would benefit from long-term follow-up measures to determine any continuing effects of mindfulness training on stress outcomes. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords: healthcare; intervention studies; life stress; meta-analysis; mindfulness.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*