A recent article in Physician's Practice got right to the heart of how to reduce stress in medical practice, and why it's so important to care quality and running a strong business operation.
Stress is complicated, and there's no silver bullet—but mindfulness practice is about as close as you'll get to a consistent, always-on tool for moment-to-moment stress management. Along with sleep, exercise and healthy eating, it's the surest path to greater resiliency for physicians and their staff.
Many doctors already know this from their understanding of how the brain works! Practicing mindfulness, even for just a few minutes, trains the brain's cognitive functions to better handle stress, and builds habits that help throughout the day like moving more, practicing focused breathing or proactively recognizing and disrupting negative thought patterns.
Last, mindfulness practice is highly correlated to good decision-making, both in business and medical practice. Many studies have shown that reducing stress leads to a wide variety of health and performance benefits, and in some cases have significantly reduced the likelihood of prescription drug error.
This is why we're so excited to be working with forward-looking physicians in clinical studies, and in our provider beta program. Together we're fine-tuning the nuts and bolts of making self-care, mindfulness practices and behavioral health part of standard healthcare.
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