The role of the healthcare provider in teaching mindfulness techniques

The scope of work carried out by primary care providers is far-reaching, including initial steps of diagnosis, subsequent treatment planning, and follow-up of active disease. Preventative medicine is also an important part of the job and it encompasses screening modalities and patient education, a large part of which involves counselling on lifestyle modifications such asContinue reading “The role of the healthcare provider in teaching mindfulness techniques”

Sleep and Mindfulness: What does the evidence say?

Sleep quality and quantity is increasingly recognized as a key determinant of physical and mental well-being. The long work hours and demanding schedules of medical professionals and trainees can predispose people to serious sleep deprivation, putting health care professionals at substantially higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease (to name a few).Continue reading “Sleep and Mindfulness: What does the evidence say?”

Can a mindful approach to ordering investigations reduce inappropriate testing?

Appropriate resource allocation in the healthcare setting should be a factor to consider in all clinical encounters. It is the guiding principle behind the group Choosing Wisely Canada, which was created in 2014 in response to the growing need to cut down on unnecessary testing and medical procedures which represent 30% of all interventions performedContinue reading “Can a mindful approach to ordering investigations reduce inappropriate testing?”

A psycho-physiological model for breathing exercises

At the core of mindfulness practices is breathing which has been linked to stress reduction and relaxation. Many different techniques can be employed. Generally linked to yoga, Prana-yama breathing, from the root ‘’prana’’ which means both ‘’breath’’ and ‘’energy’’, aims to consciously regulate the breath either with it is frequency or deepness. Another technique isContinue reading “A psycho-physiological model for breathing exercises”