Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 6, June 2009

Using meditation for less stress and better wellbeing A seminar for GPs

Deborah Black Ramesh Manocha Amy Gordon Gin Malhi Raymond Seidler
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General practitioner stress is a recognised problem for which meditation is a potential intervention. The aim of this project was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of an initiative to train GPs in a set of evidence based meditation skills.
A meditation workshop for GP wellbeing is practical, feasible and appealing to GPs. Quantitative feedback from the workshop indicates its potential as an effective mental health promotion and prevention strategy.
A total of 299 GPs attended the seminar, from which 293 provided visual analogue scale on the day. Pre- and post-K10 data was provided by 111 GPs. The mean pre-K10 score for these GPs was 17.2 (SD: 5.67); the post-K10 score was 14.7 (SD: 3.92), with 25.1% of the ‘at risk’ participants moving to the ‘low risk’ category. Mean compliance with meditation was 79.5%.

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