Psychological PPE – Reflections on How to Implement Mindful Interventions to Protect the Healthcare Workforce


  • Iram Osman University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Veena Singaram University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa



healthcare professionals, meditation, mental health, mindfulness, stress


Interest in Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) with healthcare professionals has become increasingly popular. However, healthcare professionals’ busy schedules and low help-seeking behaviour requires the intervention to be easily accessible, convenient, and practical. This paper explores the reflections of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals regarding implementing a brief online MBI to draw on lessons learned that could guide future implementation and interventions in similar multicultural, resource-constrained settings. An online MBI was implemented with healthcare professionals (HCPs) working in urban and rural hospitals in South Africa during the first wave of Covid-19. Fifty-five healthcare professionals from various disciplines participated in a four-week online training programme via the Zoom platform. Participant reflections and feedback were collected via WhatsApp and Zoom room chats. The data collected were thematically analysed. Reflections from the implementation of the MBI were classified into questions of where, when, who, what, why, and how. The results reflect that a four-hour online mindfulness-based intervention could work more effectively if departments offered and supported the programme during work hours. The findings also reveal the greater potential for a brief online MBI to enhance resiliency in HCPs, especially during a pandemic emergency, as demonstrated in the study. The study proposes that mindfulness training could be offered to HCPs at many levels to help with psychological first aid and task shifting to reduce stress and prevent burnout.


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How to Cite

Osman, I. and Singaram , V. (2023) “Psychological PPE – Reflections on How to Implement Mindful Interventions to Protect the Healthcare Workforce”, African Journal of Inter/Multidisciplinary Studies, 5(1), pp. 1–11. doi: 10.51415/ajims.v5i1.1080.