uSing Meditation App to Reduce ED occupational sTress (SMART) trial

Grant ID: EMJS-323R31-2019-XU

Lay Summary

Our study aims to test whether a mindfulness program delivered by a smartphone app can reduce occupational stress levels among Emergency Department (ED) staff. This study will recruit staff at two regional EDs. Staff will practice short session mindfulness daily, for four weeks, using a smartphone meditation app. The study will determine if, by using the app, staff levels of occupational stress are reduced and overall wellness increased. The levels of stress reduction will be compared before and after the intervention.

Working in an ED can be stressful. It has been suggested that up to half ED doctors and nurses may suffer from burnout due to high workload, overcrowding and limited resources. Staff stress and its negative consequence pose challenging issues to both individual clinicians and healthcare organisations. Sub-optimal wellness of staff is closely associated with poor patient care, more medical incidents and a high staff turnover rate. One way to reduce staff stress levels is by promoting staff coping skills and wellness. Mindfulness is a mental technique to focus self-awareness at the present moment and non-judgmentally. It has been used widely to promote staff workplace wellness. Smartphone apps are a relatively new delivery method for mindfulness that has not yet been tested among ED staff.


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Amount Awarded
$23,297


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Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Hui (Grace) Xu


Co Investigators:
Dr Anthony Tuckett
Dr Robert Eley
A/Prof Peter Newcombe
Dr Michael Butterfield


Associate Investigators:
Dr John Sutherland
Ms Tracey McTigue


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