Table 3

Expected physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social benefits of meditation training for nurses (more than one response allowed)

Physical benefits

% of respondents expecting GREAT benefit


More resilience in the face of physical challenges

42

Sleep better

42

Overall better physical health

41

Energy or vitality better (less fatigue)

37

Strong immunity

36

Pain less/comfort greater

33

Blood pressure lower

29

Weight better

21

Emotional benefits

More serenity/calmness

54

Less anxiety or worry

53

Better mood

51

More happiness or cheerfulness

46

Less burned out, discouraged, or cynical

46

More emotional resilience

46

More confidence or courage

44

More accepting

43

Mental benefits

More mindful - being more present in each moment

48

Overall better mental health

44

Better intuition

40

Greater clarity

39

Better focus or concentration

39

More creative

37

Less judgmental

37

Greater discernment

35

Less distractible

31

Better memory

26

Faster thinking

26

Spiritual benefits

Greater spiritual well-being

56

More inner peace

54

Greater connection with God or Higher Power

53

More compassionate or loving

50

More forgiving

48

Greater coherence (sense that life is comprehensible and meaningful)

46

More wisdom

44

Greater appreciation for nature

42

Social benefits

Greater kindness

44

Better listener

41

More effective in my professional work

40

More empathetic

39

Better relationship with my patients

37

Better family relationships

36

More generous

35

Better relationships with my team

32

Stronger friendships

31

Better communication with others

31

Stronger social support

28

More social connections

27

Better relationship with my supervisor

27

Better able to ask for and receive help from others

25


NOTE: The question was " how much benefit do you EXPECT that training in meditation would have for you personally?" Responses included None, A little, Moderate, or Great benefit. For simplicity, this table lists the percentage of respondents for each item who reported Great benefit.

Kemper et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:26   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-26

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