Authors: Jennifer S. Mascaro, Sean Kelley, Alana Darcher, Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Carol Worthman, Andrew Miller, Charles Raison
Title: Meditation buffers medical student compassion from the deleterious effects of depression
Summary: The body of evidence demonstrating that compassion training offers significant benefit to its practitioners (and the wider community) is growing. This particular study investigated cognitive based compassion training’s (CBCT) relationship to the wellbeing of medical students in their second year of training. Compassion is a particularly important issue to people working in clinical settings. Because of the nature of their activity, a degree of compassion is desirable if not essential. However there is concern over issues connected to ‘compassion fatigue and ‘burn out’. A total of 59 students engaged in the research, those participants that received CBCT reported increased compassion, and decreased loneliness and depression.
Perspective: Contemplative science, health psychology