Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Looking Inside Ourselves: A Culture of Kindness *

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Looking Inside Ourselves: A Culture of Kindness *

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Looking inside ourselves-being present and attentive to our own and others' words and feelings-helps us communicate and interact with a mindful, open heart. Mindfulness and patient-centeredness help caregivers provide higher quality care. Historical background on a predecessor of mindfulness-the biopsychosocial model of health and disease, developed at the University of Rochester-provides context for the mindfulness "movement" in health care. A culture of mindfulness, supported by mindfulness and meditation training for physicians and other health care providers, helps practitioners show greater compassion, kindness, and humanity, all qualities that patients need and deserve. In the health care world, many organizations have been created that focus on aspects of mindfulness. Some have a more clinical emphasis and others focus on behavioral or neuroscience research as it relates to meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and kindness. …

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