Hospice and Palliative Care Provider Experiences With Meditation Using Mobile Applications

Rebecca Lehto

Carrie Heeter

Marcel Allbritton

Michelle Wiseman

palliative and hospice care, meditation, compassion fatigue, caregivers, mobile app
ONF 2018, 45(3), 380-388. DOI: 10.1188/18.ONF.380-388

Purpose: Healthcare providers who are involved in the care of patients at the end of life are at risk of developing compassion fatigue, a condition characterized by emotional exhaustion and reduced professional engagement. Research has shown that development of a meditation practice can modify stress perceptions and promote quality of life. This study aimed to evaluate perceived benefits, challenges, and recommendations following participation in a workplace mobile application– and email-based meditation research program.

Participants & Setting: 11 healthcare providers who participated in the feasibility pilot were recruited from Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan.

Methodologic Approach: Three focus groups and one in-depth interview were conducted. Data were analyzed using qualitative methodology.

Findings: Major themes included program advantages and limitations, challenges that affected adherence, and support for caregivers.

Implications for Nursing: Findings support further evaluation of a technology-mediated meditation program for professional caregivers to reduce perceived stress associated with the work environment.

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