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Mindfulness based stress reduction for medical students: optimising student satisfaction and engagement

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dc.contributor.author Aherne, Declan
dc.contributor.author Farrant, Katie
dc.contributor.author Hickey, Louise
dc.contributor.author Hickey, Emma
dc.contributor.author McGrath, Lisa
dc.contributor.author McGrath, Deirdre
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-01T08:03:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-01T08:03:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5172
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Medical practitioners and students are at increased risk of a number of personal and psychological problems. Stress and anxiety due to work-load and study requirements are common and self-care methods are important in maintaining well-being. The current study examines perceptions of and satisfaction ratings with a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) programme for 1st year (compulsory) and 2nd year (optional) Graduate Entry Medical School students. Methods: A mixed method pre and post study of Year 1 (n = 140) and Year 2 (n = 88) medical students completing a 7 week MBSR course compared student satisfaction ratings. Thematic analysis of feedback from the students on their perception of the course was also carried out. Results: Year 1 students (compulsory course) were less satisfied with content and learning outcomes than Year 2 students (optional course) (p < .0005). Thematic analysis of year 1 student feedback identified themes including great concept, poorly executed; and less discussion, more practice. Year 2 themes included session environment and satisfaction with tutors. Conclusions: The MBSR course was associated with high levels of satisfaction and positive feedback when delivered on an optional basis. Catering for the individual needs of the participant and promoting a safe environment are core elements of a successful self-care programme. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Education;16:209
dc.subject mindfulness en_US
dc.subject stress reduction en_US
dc.subject doctor burnout en_US
dc.subject academic stress in medical students en_US
dc.subject self-care en_US
dc.subject student satisfaction en_US
dc.subject medical undergraduate en_US
dc.title Mindfulness based stress reduction for medical students: optimising student satisfaction and engagement en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12909-016-0728-8
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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