Evidence Based Mindfulness (EBM) for Clinician Burnout

Contact us for a first conversation about how EBM can help your institution address clinician burnout or view our introductory clinician and physician burnout presentation here:

EBM for Clinician Burnout Presentation Handout Notes

More than half of US physicians are experiencing substantial symptoms of clinician burnout.

Studies also show a similarly high prevalence of clinician burnout among nurses and other health care professionals.2 Alleviating this crisis leads to: lower staff turnover, fewer medical errors, better communication, lower liability cost, and improved patient outcomes.2


Imagine you discovered that there is an evidence-based intervention for clinician burnout available.

How valuable would that be to your institution?


EBM offers the only smartphone and computer based training course demonstrated by clinical trial to lower objective bio-markers of stress, as well as boosting positive emotions in daily life.


Clinical Evidence – Stress Reduction (I)

The EBM App (Monitor + Accept) reduced cortisol reactivity during a stressful event. Source: Psychoneuroendocrinology 87 (2018) 63–73 Acceptance lowers stress reactivity: Dismantling mindfulness training in a randomized controlled trial


Clinical Evidence – Stress Reduction (II)

Systolic blood pressure responses during the post intervention assessment as a function of study condition. B. Diastolic blood pressure responses during the post- intervention assessment as a function of study condition. The EBM App is (Monitor + Accept)


Clinical Evidence – Positive Emotions

EBM reduces practical barriers associated with more intensive group-based mindfulness interventions (MBSR) while delivering similar benefits for positive emotions. • A study accepted by a peer-reviewed journal provides well-controlled experimental evidence that EBM boosts positive emotion in daily life. • Parallel trial of EBM and MBSR showed 2 weeks of EBM app training had similar medium-to-large effect sizes on positive emotions as 8 weeks of in-person, group based, MBSR training with a live instructor. MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Good Fit for Time-pressed Clinicians

Instructor led group training workshops can be very effective, but they are also very time consuming. • It takes only 5 hours to complete our course of training, but it provides proven results that are equivalent to much longer mindfulness training courses. • Apps with smaller time commitments are likely too short for effective stress resilience training. In fact, there is no strong direct evidence that they work.


Whether your institution is just starting to address the burnout crisis, or already has a broader solution in place…

You might be already addressing workflow, IT systems, or hiring support staff. Consider EBM to increase your staff’s stress resilience. • In addition to any mindfulness training solutions you may have in place (e.g., Headspace/MBSR), you could optimize your burnout prevention strategy by offering EBM as an alternative or complementary stress management training option for your staff.


Security and Privacy: The EBM system is fully HIPAA compliant.

We do not transmit PHI (Personal Health Information) to our servers. • Individual progress is stored on each user’s smartphone or PC/Mac • Simple recovery of user’s progress via easy-to-remember codes Our staff is available for Security and Privacy audits on short notice EBM is ready to sign your BAA (Business Associate Agreement)


Design – Usability

Our program was designed to be practical: • The EBM course is structured so that each lesson builds on the last one, and flows seamlessly into the next one. • Our 14 twenty-minute integrated lessons provide for optimal learning of stress resiliency skills.


Demo Screenshots


User Perspective – Usability

“The program was easy to access. I think the mobile platform was a smart choice and designed beautifully.” “I liked the instructor’s relaxed and calm voice. I liked the fact that it took only a few minutes in my day to relax and touch base with my body and emotions.” “I liked the clear instructions given, and the examples showed me how to apply the course training in my daily life.”


How to make EBM available to your staff

Share your institution’s EBM page and simple access code with your members. E.g., your-institution.ebmforhealthcare.com Works on iPhone, Android, PC/Mac. Direct access – no need to go through app stores. Contact us to get started


Contact Info

Uwe Heiss LinkedIn ebmforstress.com


Analysis by Stanford University Medical Center: Economic Cost of Physician Turnover Attributable to Burnout

This study of Stanford physicians suggests that over the next two years, the departure of 58 physicians will be attributable to burnout. The estimated recruitment cost per physician is $268,000 – $957,000. This means that without any intervention the estimated two-year economic loss due to physician departure attributable to burnout will be between $15,544,000 and $55,506,000 at this academic medical center (AMC). “Our results suggest that, compared with those who are not experiencing burnout, physicians experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their AMC within two years. This results in significant recruitment costs. Therefore, investing in interventions and strategies that reduce the prevalence of physician burnout may be an economic priority for academic medical centers.”3 15 Sources: references on last slide



1. Shanafelt et al., Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2014. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Dec;90(12):1600-13
2. Dyrbye et al., Burnout Among Health Care Professionals: A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care. Discussion Paper – National Academy of Medicine. July 5, 2017.
3. Hamidi M., Boyman B., Sandborg C., et al., “The Economic Cost of Physician Turnover Attributable to Burnout,” presentation at 2017 American Conference on Physician Health, San Francisco, Oct. 12-13, 2017.
4. The efficacy of five hours of EBM app training (i.e., monitor + accept) was demonstrated in: Creswell et al., Acceptance lowers stress reactivity: Dismantling mindfulness training in a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology 87 (2018) 63–73. Also, mindfulness intervention RCTs suggest that certain benefits of training last through to follow-up even without continued formal practice (e.g., Creswell et al., 2016, Biological Psychiatry, 80(1), 53–61), perhaps due to integration of mindfulness skills into daily life via recursive processes (Cohen & Sherman, 2014, Annual Review of Psychology, 65(1), 333–371; Walton, 2014, Psychological Science, 23(1), 73–82).