Dr. Fortney agrees. “Challenges include adding yet another thing to a physician’s endless and growing list of things to do,” he says. Dr. Fortney also emphasizes that meditation may not be for everyone, but other ways may provide similar benefits.
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“Whether a person meditates every day or goes for a walk through the woods would be an individual choice, but in general, time is a major factor,” he says.
Dr. Kaushik puts it differently. “Meditation is a dire necessity,” he says. “It is the only way to change the software of the mind so that we can absolutely alleviate physician burnout.”
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical journalist based in St. Paul, Minn.
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