Karen Lawson

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To determine whether lower levels of empathy among a sample of medical students in the United States are associated with personal and professional distress and to explore whether a high degree of personal well-being is associated with higher levels of empathy. Multi-institutional, cross-sectional survey. All medical schools in Minnesota (a private medical(More)
PURPOSE Burnout, a marker of professional distress prevalent among residents and physicians, has been speculated to originate in medical school. Little is known about burnout in medical students. The authors sought to identify the prevalence of burnout, variation of its prevalence during medical school, and the impact of personal life events on burnout and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the well-being of minority medical students in a multicenter sample of US medical students. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS All 1098 medical students at 3 medical schools in Minnesota were surveyed in April 2004. Validated instruments were used to assess burnout, depression, and quality of life (QOL). Students were also asked about the(More)
BACKGROUND The pressing need to manage burgeoning chronic disease has led to the emergence of job roles such as health and wellness coaches (HWCs). As use of this title has increased dramatically, so has the need to ensure consistency, quality and safety for health and wellness coaching (HWC) provided in both practice and research. Clear and uniform role(More)
BACKGROUND Health coaching is a client-centric process to increase motivation and self-efficacy that supports sustainable lifestyle behavior changes and active management of health conditions. This study describes an intervention offered as a benefit to health plan members and examines health and behavioral outcomes of participants. METHODS High-risk(More)
The prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers is a growing public policy concern. Driven by a more informed consumer and the exploding costs of care, policy makers are looking for ways to integrate health-care research and long-term care practices in an effort to improve the quality of care and ultimately reduce costs. This paper presents a case study(More)
There is great need for cost effective approaches to increase patient engagement and improve health and well-being. Health and wellness coaching has recently demonstrated great promise, but the majority of studies to date have focused on individual coaching (ie, one coach with one client). Newer initiatives are bringing a group coaching model from corporate(More)