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Chronic diseases can have an enormous burden on not only an individual’s quality of life, but their economic output as well. The challenge is that many patients with a chronic disease are not fully treated despite many different medications and doctor’s appointments. Mindfulness is an extremely beneficial tool that can be used as an adjunctive treatment for different chronic health diseases including anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and many others. An enormous barrier is that many patients are unsure about what mindfulness truly is, and where one can go about accessing mindfulness resources. Our goal was to create a quick and easy smart phrase that providers can add to any after-visit summary that provides basic information about mindfulness, different resources to access free mindfulness meditations, and our own unique 8 minute mindfulness meditation for patients to try free of charge.
Colchester Family Medicine and Berlin Family Medicine
Vermont, Mindfulness, Meditation, Anxiety, Insomnia, chronic health conditions
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Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Medical Education | Mental and Social Health | Primary Care
Cohen, Alex and Naumann, Jesse, "Improving Access to Meditation and Mindfulness for the Management of Anxiety, Stress, and other Chronic Diseases" (2021). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 666.