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5-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on medical practitionersí stress

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Warnecke, E and Ogden, K and Bentley, M and Nelson, MR, 5-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on medical practitioners' stress, MedEdPublish pp. 11-19. ISSN 2312-7996 (2017) [Non Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.15694/mep.2017.000049

Abstract

Background: Stress and psychological distress are common in doctors and have adverse effects for both doctors and patients.

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the long-term (5-year) effects of mindfulness practice on medical practitionersí stress.

Methods: A 5-year follow-up study using quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Outcome measures of the original trial, Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS), were repeated and a questionnaire/interview on doctorsí health and well-being was undertaken.

Results: Most participants (88%) continue to use mindfulness or relaxation exercises. Mean outcome scores (and standard deviations) at 5 year follow up revealed; PSS 13.8 (5.2) (maximal score of 40), anxiety subscale of DASS 4.4 (4.9) (maximal score of 42 and stress subscale of DASS 10.9 (7.3) (maximal score of 42). The 5 year follow up group mean PSS and DASS outcomes scores were all lower than post intervention scores from the original RCT, however differences were not statistically significant. Participants expressed concerns with the overall state of doctorsí health/wellbeing.

Conclusion: Mindfulness for stress management is sustainable and may be beneficial for long term use in doctors.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Stress management, doctor's health
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Mental Health Services
Author:Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)
Author:Ogden, K (Dr Kathryn Ogden)
Author:Bentley, M (Dr Michael Bentley)
Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:115640
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2017-04-03
Last Modified:2017-04-03
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