BACKGROUND: Medical students and psychiatrists in residency run a high risk for burnout. Furthermore, while at medical school, students seem to experience a reduction in empathy; this seems to be linked to a high level of stress. Interventions based on mindfulness training appear to reduce stress and increase empathy in medical students. Trainees in psychiatric residency might also benefit from mindfulness training.<br/> AIM: To assess the effects that a mindfulness course has on perceived stress and empathy in psychiatrists in residency.<br/> METHOD: In this pilot study 13 trainees in psychiatric residency participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness. Before and after the training, 11 of the participants completed questionnaires relating to their empathy, perceived stress and mindfulness.<br/> RESULTS: Participants reported experiencing considerably more empathy after their course than before it. Perceived stress also diminished, but not significantly.<br/> CONCLUSION: The results support our suggestion that mindfulness training can be a valuable part of the curriculum for trainees in psychiatric residency.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mindfulness training for psychiatrists in residency: a pilot study|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 22-Nov-2016|
- Journal Article