Objective: The study assessed the impact of mindfulness training on occupational safety of hospital health care workers.
Methods: The study used a randomized waitlist-controlled trial design to test the effect of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course on self-reported health care worker safety outcomes, measured at baseline, postintervention, and 6 months later.
Results: Twenty-three hospital health care workers participated in the study (11 in immediate intervention group; 12 in waitlist control group). The MBSR training decreased workplace cognitive failures (F [1, 20] = 7.44, P = 0.013,
) and increased safety compliance behaviors (F [1, 20] = 7.79, P = 0.011,
) among hospital health care workers. Effects were stable 6 months following the training. The MBSR intervention did not significantly affect participants’ promotion of safety in the workplace (F [1, 20] = 0.40, P = 0.54,
Conclusions: Mindfulness training may potentially decrease occupational injuries of health care workers.
Department of Psychology (Dr Valley, Dr Stallones); Graduate Degree Program in Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University (Dr Stallones); High Intermountain Plains Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (Dr Stallones), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Address correspondence to: Morgan Anne Valley, MPH, PhD, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Sage Hall, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1879 (Morgan.Valley@colostate.edu).
Funding: The study was partially funded by a small grant from NIOSH through the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center.
Authors Valley and Stallones have no relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.
The JOEM editorial board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.