Research Update

July 29, 2019 by

Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Training in Surgery

This pilot study evaluated the impact of a modified mindfulness-based stress reduction program on first-year surgery residents at the University of California- San Francisco. A total of 21 residents were randomly assigned to either MBSR or an active control group.  The results showed that the MBSR participants had higher mindfulness, lower stress, better executive function scores and faster motor skills than those in the control group. The residents also underwent functional MRI imaging during an emotional regulation task and MBSR participants had unique activation of neural pathways associated with executive control and self-awareness.  The authors concluded that MBSR appeared to mitigate stress and enhance executive function among surgical trainees and recommended further evaluation of this promising intervention.

Lebares CC, et al. JAMA Network Open 2019:e194108.

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