Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Professionals Working in End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Covington, Lori, Banerjee, Moitree, Price, Marie and Pereira, Antonina (2022) Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Professionals Working in End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Palliative Care. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0825-8597

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Abstract

Objectives: The potential usefulness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is being investigated for healthcare staff burnout and associated problems, but empirical research on MBI’s for end-of-life (EOL) professionals is still in its infancy. The aim of this review is to describe and evaluate the body of evidence-based research on the use of MBIs to support the psychological wellbeing of professional staff in EOL care settings. Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Database records were extracted from ERIC, PsycInfo, EBSCO, PubMed Central (PMC) and Web of Science, using search terms to locate peer-reviewed studies on professional (not volunteer) staff in dedicated end-of-life settings, administering MBIs not embedded in more general therapeutic modalities (such as ACT or DBT). After removing duplicates, 8701 potential studies were identified: eliminating those that did not fit the eligibility criteria reduced the number of eligible studies to six. Results: A total of six empirical studies were identified and further evaluated. Interventions primarily focussed on reducing burnout symptoms, increasing self-care and selfcompassion, and fostering mindfulness. Studies demonstrated very little overlap in treatment, methodology and measures.
Only one study was a randomised control trial, which on application of the 3-item Jadad quality scoring, (evidence of randomisation, blinding of researcher to participants’ identity and accounts provided of all participants), achieved 1 out of 5 possible points. Furthermore, other concerns were identified as to the study’s methodology. Conclusions: Results of this review point to significant gaps in the research on the potential of MBIs to improve the wellbeing of EOL professionals.

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Additional Information: Covington, L., Banerjee, M., Pereira, A., & Price, M. (2022). Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Professionals Working in End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Palliative Care. Copyright © 2022 (The Authors) https://doi.org/10.1177/08258597221100330 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: mindfulness, end-of- life, palliative care, hospice, systematic review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Research Centres > POWER Centre
Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Antonina Pereira
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 10:10
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6289

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