The one-day VAST Wellbeing Course uses active learning techniques including interactive presentations, small group tasks, videos followed by discussion, and change planning exercises. Mindfulness exercises are interspersed through the day. Participants receive audio copies of these exercises to support home mindfulness practice. Generous time is allotted for tea breaks and lunch. The morning sessions focus on recognition of burnout and strategies for maintaining personal wellbeing. Healthy habits are discussed featuring evidence-based strategies. The afternoon focuses on organizational risk factors for burnout and potential preventative strategies. Participants work to identify aspects in their workplaces that promote or inhibit worker wellbeing. The day ends by change planning with participants identifying interventions they can tangibly make in their workplaces. Learning continues post-course through the VAST online learning management system, where participants can access course materials and supplementary information. Participants receive logbooks that support course learning and promote post-course reflection.
- The VAST Wellbeing Course for reducing burnout and improving wellbeing amongst healthcare providers working in resource-limited settings: a mixed methods study
- Dr. Jon Bailey I Anesthesiologist l Dalhousie University
- Sara Whynot l Research Project Coordinator lDalhousie University
- Dr. Gaston Nyirigira l Anesthesiologist l Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare
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