Mindfulness-based Crisis Intervention

Mindfulness-based Crisis Intervention

Introduction: The COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on the well-being of healthcare workers. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown effectiveness in reducing stress and fostering resilience and recovery in healthcare workers. There are no studies examining the feasibility of brief mindfulness-based interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Materials and Methods: This is an exploratory study with a post intervention assessment. We describe an on-site brief Mindfulnessintervention and evaluate its helpfulness, safety, and feasibility.

Results: One thousand out of 7,000 (14%) healthcare workers from La Paz University Hospital in Madrid (Spain) participated in at least one session. One hundred and fifty out of 1,000 (15%) participants filled out a self-report questionnaire evaluating the helpfulness of the intervention for on-site stress reduction. Ninety two subjects (61%) participated in more than one session. Most of the participants were women (80%) with a mean age of 38.6 years. Almost half of the sample were nurses (46%). Sessions were perceived as being helpful with a mean rating of 8.4 on a scale from 0 to 10. Only 3 people (2%) reported a minor adverse effect (increased anxiety or dizziness).

Discussion: Our data supports the utility, safety and feasibility of an on-site, brief mindfulness-based intervention designed to reduce stress for frontline health workers during a crisis. There is a need to continue testing this type of interventions, and to integrate emotion regulation strategies as an essential part of health workers' general training. Clinical Trial Registration number: NCT04555005.

Rank: 100
First Author: Rodriguez-Vega
Outcome: Stress,Intervention Experience,Somatization
Outcome p-value: Stress:●, Intervention Experience:●, Somatization:●
Intervention Category: Mindfulness
Time per Employee (hours): 0.46
D&B Study Quality Rating: 11
Reviewer Confidence: 1.5
Country: Spain
Study Design Type: Quasi-experimental
Materials Available to Implement: Intervention outlined in publication. Corresponding author: apalaotarrero@gmail.com.
Organiz./Individ. Focus: Individual
Prevention Category: Secondary
Effect size Small:
Effect size Medium:
Reference: Rodriguez-Vega, B., Palao, A., Munoz-Sanjose, A., Torrijos, M., Aguirre, P., Fernandez, A., Amador, B., Rocamora, C., Blanco, L., Marti-Esquitino, J., Ortiz-Villalobos, A., Alonso-Sanudo, M., Cebolla, S., Curto, J., Villanueva, R., de-la-Iglesia, M.-J., Carracedo, D., Casado, C., Vidal, E., … Bayon, C. (2020). Implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Crisis Intervention for Frontline Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak in a Public General Hospital in Madrid, Spain. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11(101545006), 562578. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.562578