Mindfulness-based interventions with social workers and the potential for enhanced patient-centered care: A systematic review of the literature

  • Trowbridge PhD, LCSW, LSCSW K
  • Mische Lawson PhD, CTRS L
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The use of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is well documented in the mental health, medical, and education literature. There is minimal research on the use of mindfulness with social workers. As demonstrated in other professional and helping fields, mindfulness may enhance clinical skills, reduce burnout, and increase job satisfaction among social workers. In the health care field mindfulness appears integral to patient and family relationships and personal resilience. The evolving and expanding role of hospital social workers may lead to increased work stress and greater demands from both the medical system and patients and families. Research with medical providers, such as physicians and nurses, suggests mindfulness may help in reducing stress, enhancing relationships, and fostering the self-reflection required to provide patient-centered care. We systematically reviewed the existing literature to begin understanding both mindfulness qualities and practices and the effectiveness of MBIs among social workers as well as the relationship of mindfulness to patient-centered care.

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  • 6140:illness & health care
  • Awareness
  • Burnout
  • Client relations
  • Clinical skills
  • Consciousness
  • Doctors
  • Family relationships
  • Family work relationship
  • Health
  • Health care services
  • Health care social work
  • Health education
  • Health professionals
  • Hospital social workers
  • Interventions
  • Job satisfaction
  • Literature reviews
  • Medical education
  • Medical research
  • Medical schools
  • Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Nurses
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Occupational stress
  • Patient care
  • Patient centredness
  • Patients
  • Physicians
  • Quality of life
  • Resilience
  • Satisfaction
  • Self
  • Selfreflection
  • Social Services And Welfare
  • Social workers
  • Stress
  • Systematic reviews
  • Work skills
  • mindfulness
  • mindfulness-based interventions
  • patient-centered care
  • self-reflection

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  • Kelly Trowbridge PhD, LCSW, LSCSW

  • Lisa Mische Lawson PhD, CTRS

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