Minnesota physicians turn to improv to reduce burnout

Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners is sending its physicians and nurses to improv classes to help minimize clinician burnout, the StarTribune reports.

The classes, hosted by Brave New Workshop, a comedy improv company in Minneapolis, give clinicians more practice being present in conversations. Improv skills, which focus on listening first and reacting second, help clinicians better listen to patients, interpret emotional cues and create connections.

HealthPartners hopes strengthening these skills can help physicians create deeper patient connections and get more joy out of their time with patients, according to the report.

Brave New Workshop's first group of medical professionals from HealthPartners included about 30 clinicians, according to the report.

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