Mindfulness based living: an exploratory study with health care staff

Ian Rigg, Julie McColl

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    There is a substantial body of research that highlights the
    causes and negative implications that prolonged exposure to
    stress may have for health care staff (HCS). In an attempt to
    address this, this exploratory study examines the effects of the
    Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) on a mixed group of
    HCS when delivered during the working day. A total of 31 HCS
    participated in this pilot study. Self-reported perceived stress,
    self-compassion and mindfulness were measured at the
    beginning and end of the 8-week course and pre and postchange
    scores showed that significant improvements were
    obtained across all three measures. Qualitative data was also
    collected from participants using pre and post-course forms.
    A thematic analysis of this data uncovered a variety of
    benefits for the participants, including becoming more selfaware,
    improvements in sleep, relaxation and
    communication with others. Participants also reported an
    improved ability to manage and respond to difficult or
    challenging situations and the ability to manage and prioritise
    their own health and well-being. The challenges associated
    with participation in the MBLC were finding the time to
    practice, coping with work and family related pressures, and
    dealing with difficult emotions that arose during practice. The
    results of this study suggest that participation in an 8-week
    MBLC is associated with significant benefits for HCS in relation
    to their health and well-being. This suggests a need for
    continued research in this area to help staff manage stress
    levels and to improve staff well-being. Ultimately this is likely to
    impact upon staff absence levels and patient care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBilateral dialogues between researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Alicante (Spain).
    EditorsIrene Garcia, Victoria Tur-Viñes
    Place of PublicationSpain
    PublisherUniversidad de Alicante
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)978-84-617-9388-4
    ISBN (Print)978-84-617-9388-4
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2017


    • health care staff
    • well-being
    • mindfulness at work


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