Healing presence: promoting a culture of wellness at a health professions university using a mindfulness based intervention
Kleine, Elizabeth A.
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Healing Presence is an innovative program designed to support health professions students at a small university in developing the personal resource of resilience in order to reduce and prevent burnout. Healthcare providers experience high rates of burnout which negatively impacts individual health and wellbeing as well as patient care quality, safety, and costs. However, training in strategies for self-care and resilience are not routinely included in health professions education. A thorough review of the theory and evidence surrounding burnout and burnout interventions is described in support of the Healing Presence program which utilizes a 4-hour training in HeartMath tools and techniques as a mindfulness-based intervention to promote resilience. HeartMath biofeedback tools will be incorporated for a pilot group of participants and the training program is designed to be offered to the entire community of faculty, staff, and students at the target institution. The program also outlines a specific set of strategies to incorporate use of the intervention into the culture of the university. The program evaluation plan includes measurement of changes in resilience, burnout symptoms, depression, and anxiety. Detailed funding and dissemination plans are included.