Mobile meditation for improving quality of life, anxiety, and depression among surgical residents and faculty

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  • BACKGROUND Burnout, anxiety and depression are commonly reported among surgical residents and faculty. Resident training programs are encouraged to implement structured wellness initiatives to address emotional stress. METHODS Thirty otolaryngology residents and faculty were invited to participate in this prospective pilot trial. Participants were randomized to either the intervention group, which involved completing 10 mobile meditation sessions, or to the control group. Outcomes were measured with the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7, Patient Health Questionnaire, and the Professional Quality of Life. RESULTS Nineteen participants completed the study. Participants in the intervention group had a significantly greater mean change in GAD-7 score (-2.7 ±3.335 vs 0.33 ±1.225, p=0.04). There was no significant difference in average change in PHQ-9 scores or sub-score of the ProQOL between the intervention and control groups. CONCLUSIONS Our study showed that short meditation sessions significantly improves anxiety in surgical residents and faculty and offers a simple, attainable, and effective wellness intervention.
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  • Hicks MD; Braden LA; Walsh EMC; Greene BJ; Grayson JW