Mindfulness approach to dealing with difficult patients by John D. Kelly, MD

Dr. John Kelly talks about mindfulness approach to dealing with difficult patients in his practice.

When we are stressed, we show our patients our worst selves. We rush, interrupt often and tend not to honor the dignity of each patient. A great stress buster for me is something I learned from a colleague, Michael Baime, MD, who teaches mindfulness or the virtue of living in the moment. When I am feeling tense or inordinately stressed, I try to stop … breathe … and be. That is, I take a little break and focus on my breathing. Just a few mindful breaths will brings me closer to the present – where there is no anxiety or guilt. With practice, mindfulness gets easier to attain and will allow you to give what your patients need – you. 

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