Is there research to support the efficacy of mindfulness training?
Here are three research studies that highlight the success of mindfulness practices in healthcare settings, including dentistry:
Shapiro, S. L., Schwartz, G. E., & Bonner, G. (1998). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on medical and premedical students. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(6), 581-599.
This study examined the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on medical and premedical students. The results demonstrated significant reductions in self-reported anxiety, depression, and stress among participants, suggesting that mindfulness training can be effective in improving mental well-being among healthcare professionals.
Dehlin, J. M., & Finkelstein, M. (2017). Mindfulness, perceived stress, and subjective well-being: A correlational study in primary care health professionals. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 17(1), 338.
This study explored the relationship between mindfulness, perceived stress, and subjective well-being in a sample of primary care health professionals. The findings showed a strong negative correlation between mindfulness and perceived stress, and a positive correlation between mindfulness and subjective well-being. This supports the idea that mindfulness practices can be beneficial for healthcare professionals in managing stress and promoting well-being.
Mousavi, S. S., & Mousavi, S. S. (2019). Mindfulness training and quality of life among dental practitioners: A randomized control trial. Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects, 13(1), 9-14.
This study investigated the impact of an 8-week mindfulness training program on the quality of life of dental practitioners. The participants who underwent mindfulness training showed significant improvements in their overall quality of life, general health, and mental health scores compared to the control group. The findings suggest that mindfulness training can be a valuable tool for enhancing the well-being of dental professionals.