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Mindful Decisions in Urogynecological Surgery: Paths from Awareness to Action

  • Joyce SchachterEmail author
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Abstract

Mindfulness is a key element in my urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery practice. Working with a patient as therapeutic coach, we define the nature and severity of her problem, the boundaries of her knowledge, and the limits of her willingness to endure discomfort and imposition on her lifestyle when secondary health benefits are sacrificed. Mindfulness opens possibilities of engagement with patients on emotional as well as intellectual levels, and promotes shared decision making as a result of a partnership where each party makes unique contributions. Mindful surgical planning motivates physicians to offer medical expertise, professional perspective, and their personal experience to the consultation. It empowers patients to bring their personal experience, cultural perspective, and current understanding to determine elective interventions at their own pace and increases patient satisfaction with outcome.

Keywords

Mindful surgical practice Reconstructive pelvic surgery Patient-centered decision making Decision-making women’s health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harmony HealthOttawa HospitalOttawaCanada

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