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The Effects of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction on Nurse Stress and Burnout: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study

Cohen-Katz, Joanne PhD; Wiley, Susan D. MD; Capuano, Terry MSN, MBA; Baker, Debra M. MA; Shapiro, Shauna PhD


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, a stress-reduction program, has increasing empirical support as a patient-care intervention. Its emphasis on self-care, compassion, and healing makes it relevant as an intervention for helping nurses manage stress and reduce burnout. This article describes the implementation of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction in a hospital system as a way to lower burnout and improve well-being among nurses, using both quantitative and qualitative data.

From the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa.

Corresponding author: Joanne Cohen-Katz, PhD, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Department of Family Medicine, 17th & Chew Sts, Allentown, PA 18105 (e-mail:

The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Julie Dostal, MD, throughout this project. She has been an invaluable source of support, and has been involved in every stage of the project, from conceptualization to editing this article.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.