Welcome to Mindfulness in Medicine, a monthly column by best-selling author Anne Bruce designed to cultivate leadership and collaborative relationships among hospital leaders, nurses, providers and ancillary staff. Mindfulness is a powerful leadership tool that enhances emotional intelligence in medicine. It is a tool that, when practiced, can help us develop and implement relational coaching skills and illuminate various ways to improve hospital operations and cross-departmental performance. Mindfulness also improves our capacity for decision-making and participatory medicine, all while enhancing our own health and well-being. Your comments and insights on these postings are greatly valued.
Anne Bruce has provided training and performance coaching for Vituity. She is also a bestselling author of more than 20 books.
In this month's column, Anne again welcomes Dawa Tarchin Phillips, the renowned expert on mindfulness and leadership. Last month, he shared some benefits of mindfulness as well as evidence for its effectiveness. Today, he offers practical suggestions for cultivating mindfulness as well as recommendations for ED leaders.
In the emergency medical field, the relationship between doctor and patient remains first and foremost a human relationship. To improve it, human factors have to be considered. Mindfulness can be the working basis for the relationship to yourself and your relationship to those around you, and therefore can have significant effects on the quality of your personal wellbeing, professional life, and impact.
Once you have identified the simple truth of what it is to be mindful, you can take next steps and develop a few simple disciplines that make being present easier and being mindful feel more natural.
Even though the costs and frustrations of dysfunctional doctor-patient relationships are significant for both parties, and the problem has been widely researched, there is still great need for simple, direct methodologies that emergency health care providers can integrate into their busy lives.
Research shows that mindfulness, a simple practice to cultivate focused attention, openness and non-distraction, can have significant impact on the real-life quality of the doctor-patient relationship.
Mindfulness also has been found to reduce the adverse effects of highly stressful professional environments, increasing perceived well-being, mood, cognitive function, resilience and sense of interconnection with others. It might therefore be of special value to invest in effective mindfulness-based training programs and expert-led training events that can begin to empower emergency physicians with tools to manage stress and cultivate presence, giving you the much-needed skills to improve your own well-being and effectively cultivate more satisfying doctor-patient relationships.
Dawa Tarchin Phillips is President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, a leadership development and consulting firm that trains hundreds of professionals every year in mindfulness-based leadership and professional skills and interventions. Dawa is also a visiting Research Specialist at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and the founder and Executive Director of The Institute of Compassionate Awareness (TICA). You can read more about Dawa's work at www.empowermentholdings.com, and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 805-680-3988.
Anne Bruce has provided training and performance coaching for Vituity. She also serves as MBSI's Employee Development Coach and Leadership Facilitator. Anne is a bestselling author with more than 20 books published by McGraw-Hill Publishing, New York. She considers her award-winning life-coaching book, Discover True North: A 4-Week Approach to Ignite Passion and Activate Potential (McGraw-Hill Publishing) to be one of her most "mindful" books to date. She also leads a popular Discover True North Expedition group on LinkedIn. Anne can be reached at 214-507-8242 or by writing to her at Anne@AnneBruce.com.