Resilience Training for Work-Related Stress among Health Care Workers

Erin G. Mistretta, Mary C. Davis, M'Hamed Temkit, Christopher Lorenz, Betty Darby, Cynthia M. Stonnington

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess whether an in-person mindfulness-based resilience training (MBRT) program or a smartphone-delivered resiliency-based intervention improved stress, well-being, and burnout in employees at a major tertiary health care institution. Methods: Sixty participants were randomized to a 6-week MBRT, a resiliency-based smartphone intervention, or an active control group. Stress, well-being, and burnout were assessed at baseline, at program completion, and 3 months postintervention. Results: Both the MBRT and the smartphone groups showed improvements in well-being, whereas only the MBRT group showed improvements in stress and emotional burnout over time. The control group did not demonstrate sustained improvement on any outcome. Conclusion: Findings suggest that brief, targeted interventions improve psychological outcomes and point to the need for larger scale studies comparing the individual and combined treatments that can inform development of tailored, effective, and low-cost programs for health care workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-568
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • mindfulness
  • resilience
  • smartphone
  • work burnout
  • workplace intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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