Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness training has shown benefits for reducing healthcare providers’ burnout and improving clinicians’ ability to listen more attentively and respond effectively to their patients, as it “improves breathing, being emotionally present, cultivating affection, and facilitating a nonjudgmental relationship with thought” As such, we aim to provide mindfulness training for selected leaders, with the goal to develop and implement their own ideas within their clinics/units as this has been successful in a variety of medical settings and has led to reductions in symptoms of burnout, depression, anxiety, and stress (16). The C.A.R.E. program will provide two 8-week sessions of MBSR, taught by a certified trainer and free to registered attendees. MBSR is an evidence-based program that offers intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. This is an intervention which trains attention, allowing people to cultivate awareness and enabling them to have more choice and take wise action in their lives.

Examples of existing MBSR programs can be found at https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/mindfulness and https://hospitals.jefferson.edu/departments-and-services/mindfulness-institute/mbsr-guided-practices.html