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Physiotherapists’ experiences with a four-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program

Pappous, Athanasios, Mohammed, Warhel Asim, Sharma, Dinkar (2020) Physiotherapists’ experiences with a four-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program. European Journal of Physiotherapy, . ISSN 2167-9169. (doi:10.1080/21679169.2020.1745272) (KAR id:81128)


Objective: The study sought to gather the perceptions and experiences of a group of physiotherapists who took part in mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR). Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight physiotherapists who took part in a four-week formal and self-directed mindfulness meditation program. The data collected were analysed by implementing a thematic analysis. Results: Themes were identified in relation to perceived health benefits (stress reduction and increased attentiveness), the perceived impact of the MBSR on their professional practice and the perceived difficulties in practicing mindfulness. Conclusion: The data from this study offer qualitative evidence that mindfulness practise can become an important element in a physiotherapists’ stress reduction toolkit, by helping them deal with the challenges of their professional practise. The main difficulties encountered with the program were related to the feelings of sleepiness that MBSR induced in them in the beginning. The participants also reported that the long duration of the sessions was another obstacle, suggesting that a brief form of meditation would be preferable and more convenient.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/21679169.2020.1745272
Uncontrolled keywords: Mindfulness, physiotherapists, sport physiotherapists, meditation, qualitative
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Athanasios Pappous
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 14:46 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 23:21 UTC
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