For decades, research has consistently shown mindfulness training is the single most effective burnout prevention training in healthcare. However, the skill of mindfulness is almost never included in the education of front line care providers. The most popular current mindfulness training requires an extended time commitment that limits widespread adoption.
We developed - and have research evidence to support the effectiveness of - a single breath mindfulness technique to lower stress and prevent burnout in the healthcare workplace. The entire training program is based on eight, brief video modules delivered via the internet allowing for widespread implementation within organizations of any size.
The ability to release non-supportive thoughts and feelings in the moment lowers stress levels and creates focus on the patient or the task at hand. Mindfulness is linked to better patient outcomes, fewer medical errors and increased wellbeing for the providers of care. Mindfulness training is a cornerstone of burnout prevention and the Quadruple Aim. It is the first tool we teach in our physician burnout coaching practice putting an immediate stop to the downward energy spiral for the vast majority of our clients..
Obstacles to widespread adoption of Mindfulness Training:
The most common form of mindfulness training - the program known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - requires a six week time commitment and teaches meditation away from the workplace, so the skills are not easily transferable to the job setting.
We developed an 8 module, online video training teaching a single breath mindfulness technique (the SqueeGee Breath) and conducted a study on a volunteer group of 24 practicing physicians. The study results showed both immediate and delayed effectiveness in lowering stress and burnout and increasing mindfulness. (See link to the study article)
The full program has been refined over the last two years with with student input from the current 385 enrollees.
Advantages of the SqueeGee Breath and this online video delivery system:
The SqueeBreath can be learned in five minutes, practiced immediately and produce results the same day it is taught.
The simplicity of the technique allows the SqeeGee Breath to become a component of the workplace culture quickly and easily. The SqueeGee Breath can be used to generate focus at the start and end of team meetings and any time stress relief and focus are needed during the day, both for individuals and entire work teams.
The online training also teaches Trigger Theory of habit formation (See BJ Fogg), providing a simple method to transform the SqueeGee Breath into a regular habit at work.
Higher lessons in the course introduce sitting and walking meditation, guided imagery and chair yoga, but only after the SqueeGee Breath and the use of Trigger Theory have allowed the student to practice mindfulness at work in real time. We back them into higher level, formal mindfulness activities only after they are practicing mindfulness at the point of care.
The training videos are short - the longest is just 11 minutes - with downloadable audio files and handouts to support multisensory learning..
The online delivery system is infinitely scalable and brandable to any host organization, allowing the program to be added to the existing training resources within the employers intranet.
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