Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Register on or before Wednesday, Aug. 2, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

MHA members — $225
Nonmembers — $275

The webinar registration fee is for one phone line connection. Additional phone line connections each will be charged a registration fee. Multiple participants on the same connection is encouraged. Get more value by inviting colleagues to join you!

This webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals because of a contribution from MHA Management Services Corporation.


This session is recommended for all health care personnel.

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Mindfulness in clinical practice has been characterized as an in-the-moment awareness of performance and its cognitive underpinnings combined with a nonjudgmental acceptance of emotions and thoughts that can influence performance. The goal of mindfulness is to sensitize the mind to affective and cognitive variables in the experiential field (or in consciousness) that can either compromise or enhance decision making.

Within the compass of clinical reasoning and decision-making, unhelpful feelings or thoughts — or the need to get through — can compromise sound clinical reasoning such that cognitive integrity is lost. This can result in either diagnostic error or diagnostic delays that can leave patients worse off.

This presentation will provide an overview of mindfulness in clinical practice and identify cognitive traps and pitfalls that every clinician should appreciate. Observations and recommendations also will be made regarding the value of mindfulness techniques in health care training curricula.


  • characterize essential ingredients of mindful practice
  • identify factors that compromise mindful clinical practice
  • demonstrate strategies whereby mindful practice can be maintained


John Banja, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and
Medical Ethicist at the Center for Ethics
Emory University

John Banja has conducted research and educational projects with numerous federal and private organizations. He currently serves as the Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience. His research interests include topics in patient safety, neuroethics and ethical dilemmas occurring in clinical and translational research. His most recent book, Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism, was published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers in 2005. Banja has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.