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Health & Wellbeing

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Health & Wellbeing

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UVA is exploring health and wellbeing through contemplation by research and training in the health sciences, psychology, and other disciplines. Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative promotes resilience and high quality, compassionate care while preventing burnout among nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers, and reducing costs. Other programs promote wellbeing, efficiency, excellence, and resilience for patients and their families, as well as for students, staff, and faculty. We have robust research programs on contemplation, wellbeing, and human optimization in the health sciences and psychology, as well as other areas, on physical illness and health, mental health and functioning, and the nature of wellbeing.
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UVA is exploring health and wellbeing through contemplation by research and training in the health sciences, psychology, and other disciplines. Contemplative practices, such as mindfulness-based interventions, deep listening, compassion meditation, reflective writing, and yoga are improving the health and wellbeing of our students and the patients and others they serve, while in school and beyond in their professional roles. Specifically in the realm of health care, Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative promotes resilience and high quality, compassionate care and preventing burnout among nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers; ultimately this will have a downstream impact on improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes and minimizing errors, sick time, and attrition, thereby reducing costs to the health care system. We are developing similar programs for patients and their families, as well as extending these to our students in academic courses, as well as non-academic programs for students, staff, and faculty in partnership with Human Resources, Student Health, Faculty and Employee Assistance, and Intramural and Recreational Sports to create programs promoting wellbeing, efficiency, excellence, resiliency throughout the University. These programs are going hand in hand with a robust array of research programs on contemplation, wellbeing, and human optimization in the Medical School, Nursing School, and Psychology, as well as other schools and departments, on physical illness and health, mental health and functioning, space and health, and the very nature of wellbeing. CSC integrates University assets such as Medicine’s U.Va. Mindfulness Center, and has sponsored international conferences such as the recent “Tibetan Medicine and Meditation Symposium” and “Contemplation and Medicine in South Asia and Beyond” and the upcoming “Interprofessional Conference on Compassionate Care at the End of Life”. U.Va.’s strengths in these areas and the formation of the CSC has already attracted a leading contemplative clinical researcher from Emory University, Professor Susan Bauer-Wu.
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