How Mindfulness Training Benefits Both Doctors And Their Patients

A growing body of research has shown multiple benefits of mindfulness, includinghelping smokers quit their habit, improving sleep quality, and even helping students score higher on standardized tests. Now, mindfulness training has been linked with a number of positive outcomes for physicians and their patients.

 

Mindfulness practice — the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment — can improve physicians’ performance by not only preventing burnout, but also by helping them better connect with their patients, according to two small, recent studies in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

 By Carolyn Gregoire