The Mindful Health Care Professional,
Edition 1 A Path to Provider Wellness and Patient-centered Care
By Carmelina D'Arro, DMD

Publication Date: 08 Sep 2023

Research shows that what makes or breaks the success of a health care professional is more than the ability to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. An HCP’s success hinges on their ability to satisfy patients’ main concerns about HCPs namely, "do they care about me?" and "will the procedure hurt?" The Mindful Health Care Professional teaches HCPs how to train the mind to be calm, focused, and compassionate in ways that enhance their own well-being and their ability to provide patient-centered care. This book offers the core communication skills needed to convey care and build trust with a novel model that helps navigate challenging procedures and consultations. Finally, it contains many simple, evidence-based techniques for managing pain and anxiety during medical and dental procedures, allowing procedures to unfold more easily for all. Written by Dr. Carmelina D’Arro, a seasoned health care professional and qualified mindfulness teacher, this state-of-the-art guide is designed for students in all areas of health care and includes a fully searchable eBook version with each print purchase that provides links to numerous videos.

Key Features

  • Patient-centered care approach utilizes the ISLEEP (Introduce, Solicit, Listen, Empathize, Explain, and Power) model which encompasses not only consultations but also hands-on procedures.
  • Trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices are tailored to health care professionals and patients, and help in integrating EASE (equanimity, attentiveness, self-awareness, and empathy) into practice.
  • Evidence-based interventions are based on current pain theory, and include mindfulness techniques, non-pain stimuli, and active distraction.
  • Case studies highlight challenging situations faced by health care professionals and patients and how to navigate them with ISLEEP communication skills.
  • Procedure videos provide step-by-step instructions on how to practice mindfulness and other mind-training techniques.
  • Focus on practical application includes opportunities for observation (videos), practice (simulation exercises), and self-evaluation (clinical tools).
  • More than 20 videos demonstrate the ISLEEP method and how to implement it with patients and staff.
  • Over 20 videos demonstrate interventions for procedural pain and anxiety.
  • Tables and Figures highlight key research and concepts throughout the book.
  • eBook version is included with print purchase. The eBook allows you to access all of the text, figures, and references, with the ability to search, customize your content, make notes and highlights, and have content read aloud. It also includes videos of meditation practices, communication skills, and interventions for procedural pain and anxiety.
About the author
By Carmelina D'Arro, DMD, Dentist and Faculty, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Christiana Care Health System.
Table of Contents
1. What is your Job?
• Your Job from Patients’ Perspective
• Benefits of Patient-Centered Care
2. At the Roots: What We Are
• Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness
• Practicing Mindfulness Meditation and Suggested Program
• The First “E¿ in EASE: Equanimity
• The “A¿ in EASE: Attentiveness
• The “S¿ in EASE: Self-Awareness
• The Last “E¿ in EASE: Empathy (and Compassion)
• Integrating EASE: The Practice of Rain
• Cautionary Note: Trauma Sensitivity and Mindfulness Practice
• Conclusion
3. The Branches: What We Say
• Background of ISLEEP
• ISLEEP: Introduce and Interconnect
• Paternalism versus Patient-Centeredness
• ISLEEP: Solicit
• ISLEEP: Listen
• ISLEEP: Empathize
• Tying It Together: Introduce/Interconnect, Solicit, Listen, Empathize
• ISLEEP: Explain
• ISLEEP: Power of the Patient
4. Applying Mindfulness and ISLEEP Skills to Clinical Challenges
• Caring for the Caregiver in Challenging Clinical Situations
• Caring for Patients in Challenging Clinical Situations: Applying Mindfulness and ISLEEP
5. What We Do: Interventions for Procedural Pain and Anxiety
• Procedural Pain
• Understanding and Assessing Procedural Anxiety
• Interventions for Procedural Pain and Anxiety
• Integrating Interventions for Procedural Pain and Anxiety with Patient Stories
Book Reviews
“…a guide for healthcare professionals to provide a more patient centered experience that focuses on mindfulness….[with] several videos that guide the reader through all of the exercises that the book describes….[A]ims to enhance the well-being of healthcare workers while improving communication, especially during difficult procedures. … [A] very, thoughtful and needed book in the realm of patient care…. The book is well organized and flows very well,…. an excellent outline for how to improve communication and the overall patient experience.… [A] great resource to help the provider start thinking about ways to incorporate mindful practices into their actual medical practice.” — ©Doody’s Review Service, 2024, Rania A Habib, MD, DDS(Private Practice)
Book details
ISBN: 9780323881715
Page Count: 208
Retail Price : £52.99

Practitioners seeking out lifelong, continuing education such as:

  • Physicians & Surgeons (752,400)
  • Family & General Practitioners (126,440)
  • Registered Nurses (3,096,700)
  • Dentists (151,600)
  • Physical Therapists (258,200)
  • Occupational Therapists (143,300)

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