Training in mindfulness meditation and communication can alleviate the psychological stress and burnout experienced by many physicians, U.S. researchers say.Of course, the same principles apply to all of us who work with people in any way.
Dr. Michael S. Krasner, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York who was the study leader, says the training can also expand a physician's capacity to relate to patients and enhance patient-centered care.
Mindful communication utilizes the techniques of meditation to help people maintain an open and non-judgmental outlook as they tackle everyday tasks, Krasner explains.
"From the patient's perspective, we hear all too often of dissatisfaction in the quality of presence from their physician," Krasner said in a statement. "From the practitioner's perspective, the opportunity for deeper connection is all too often missed in the stressful, complex and chaotic reality of medical practice."
It's from a little article entitled "Meditation training lessens doctor burnout".