A Multicenter Study of Physician Mindfulness and Health Care Quality

  1. Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH1,
  2. Debra Roter, DrPH1,
  3. P. Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH2,
  4. Ronald M. Epstein, MD3,
  5. Victoria Sharp, MD4,
  6. Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH5,
  7. Jonathon Cohn, MD6,
  8. Susan Eggly, PhD6,
  9. Andrea Sankar, PhD6,
  10. Richard D. Moore, MD, MHS1 and
  11. Somnath Saha, MD, MPH2,7

+Author Affiliations

  1. 1Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

  2. 2Oregon Health Science University, Portland, Oregon

  3. 3University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

  4. 4St Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center, New York, New York

  5. 5University of California, San Francisco, California

  6. 6Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

  7. 7Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
  1. CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, Room 2-511, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 2024 East Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21287, mcbeach@jhmi.edu


PURPOSE Mindfulness (ie, purposeful and nonjudgmental attentiveness to one’s own experience, thoughts, and feelings) is associated with physician well-being. We sought to assess whether clinician self-rated mindfulness is associated with the quality of patient care.


Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Kabat on June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhistteachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of Western science. He teaches mindfulness meditation which he claims can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn is offered at medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.



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