This article originally appeared in Emergency Medicine News, October 2016.
You want the physicians in your organization to be healthy, engaged, productive and happy to be working where they are. But a host of factors—including the demands of new technology, increasing patient loads, changing models of compensation and time pressure—are fueling an epidemic of physician burnout. Some studies suggest [...]
Physician well being and engagement are crucial for quality of care, patient safety and satisfaction and many more valuable clinical and ethical outcomes. Organizations may pay a heavy price for physician burnout. As the AMA STEPS Forward™ website puts it, “The costs of burnout are widely under-recognized. Health professional [...]
Build a Culture of Physician Well Being to Fight Burnout When a physician is experiencing burnout, he or she can become a liability for the healthcare organization as well as an impaired provider of care for their patients. Burned-out physicians may behave capriciously and make medical errors impacting the operation and [...]
If there’s a single value most important in forestalling physician burnout—and supporting physician resilience in general—it’s open and honest communication between physicians and their leaders. From the leadership side, promoting good communication requires paying attention on two levels: the institutional and the [...]
Physician burnout is bred in isolation and silence. Practitioners suffering from it typically feel alone with their problems and are often hesitant to communicate their growing feelings of overwhelm, emotional exhaustion, lack of fulfillment and cynicism. But alert leaders can head off burnout by promoting a workplace culture [...]
In our article “How to Lead the Way Toward Physician Well Being,” Craig Uthe, MD, medical director of physician well being at Sanford Family Medicine in South Dakota, defines resilience as “being able to persevere through the trials, tribulations, hurdles and obstacles of the medical practice.”1