Mindfulness training for psychiatrists in residency: a pilot study

H J R Hoenders, S H Booij, H Knegtering, H van den Brink

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    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 contributionMindfulness training for psychiatrists in residency: a pilot study
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)809-813
    Number of pages5
    JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 22-Nov-2016


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