There is a growing interest in the practice of mindfulness and meditation in medical schools and other health institutions across the country. Our doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often spend very long days tending to patients. This affects not only their ability to concentrate, but also their ability to care—and to provide appropriate and safe health care. By encouraging mindfulness—the practice of paying attention and being in the present moment—we may be able to reduce the number of human errors, which, every year, currently result in 100,000 deaths per year and a $33 billion burden on the U.S. Healthcare System.
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