Improving Communication between Physicians and Their Patients through Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Strategies: A Narrative Review
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AutorAmutio-Kareaga, Alberto; García-Campayo, Javier; Delgado Pastor, Luis Carlos; Hermosilla, Daniel; Martínez-Taboada, Cristina
Physician-patient relationsPsychosocial supportMindfulness and compassionCommunicationWell-being
Amutio-Kareaga, A.; et. al. Improving Communication between Physicians and Their Patients through Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Strategies: A Narrative Review. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 6(3): 33 (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/49141]
Communication between physicians and patients is a key pillar of psychosocial support for enhancing the healing process of patients and for increasing their well-being and quality of life. Physicians and other health professionals might benefit from interventions that increase their self-care, awareness, compassion, and other-focused concern, and reduce the chances of distress and burnout. There is substantial evidence for the contribution of different management strategies to achieve these aims. The goal of this article is to review the potential effect of mindfulness and compassion-based strategies for the improvement of physician-patient interactions. The acquisition of the necessary skills by physicians requires continuous education. Future research will be useful for identifying more evidence on the cost-effectiveness of this type of intervention.