Workplace Mindfulness Program in an Outpatient Health Care Setting
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Research supports providing a workplace mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program can improve employee's health and work engagement, and in turn improve patient care outcomes. The purpose of this project was to implement a workplace MBSR program in an ambulatory clinic with the intent to decrease burnout and stress levels and improve self-compassion and the mindfulness of participants. The MBSR included a weekly 1.5-hour mindfulness class for eight weeks. The first 2 classes were done in person, while the remaining 6 classes were done onsite with the same instructor providing the instruction virtually via Zoom. Participants (N=7) completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4), the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), the Self-Compassion Scale (SCC) and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) surveys before, and 30 days post-program completion. Participants who participated in 2 or more MBSR classes and practiced more than an hour at home showed an increased improvement in overall mindfulness and self-compassion scores, as well as perceived stress, and five demonstrated a decrease in their total burnout score. Spearman's rho analysis revealed a significant correlation between increased self-compassion and mindfulness change scores, as well as a significant correlation between patient-related burnout score change scores and work-related burnout change scores. Hedge's g corrected effect size demonstrated small effect on perceived stress, work-related burnout and total burnout scores, and a medium effect size was seen in personal and patient related burnout scores, self-compassion scores and mindfulness scores.
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