Mindfulness Workshop for Doctors – Beilinson Hospital, 2015

The Mindfulness workshop was an introductory session, explaining and demonstrating how Mindfulness may be an effective tool to improve the well-being and the clinical performance of doctors,  and basically, a win-win situation for both doctors and patients. Research findings on the effects of mindfulness have demonstrated improvements in attention and working memory, well-being, emotion regulation and empathy. Research on physicians wellness has also linked depression, and burnout with increased rates of perceived medical error. When we combine these two areas of research it becomes possible to draw a line between the practice of mindfulness skills, better physician well-being, and improvements in the quality of care.

Moreover, the workshop enlightened the doctors with the numerous potential benefits for the hospital’s patients. Mindfulness has been found to influence susceptibility to, or ability to recover from disability and disease. These may include decreased perception of pain severity; increased ability to tolerate pain or disability; reduced stress, anxiety, or depression; diminished usage of, and thereby reduced adverse effects from analgesic, anxiolytic, or antidepressant medication; enhanced ability to reflect on choices regarding medical treatments (e.g. decision to seek a second opinion); improved adherence to medical treatments; increased motivation for lifestyle changes involving diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, or other behaviours; enriched interpersonal relationships and social connectedness; and alterations in biological pathways affecting health, such as the autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine function, and the immune system.