Pathology in the medical profession? Taking the pulse of physician wellness and burnout.
Reviewed large online physician surveys across specialties, published through December 2015. Physicians learn to tolerate burnout symptoms despite negative personal consequences. Long-term work-related stress, however, may lead to the potential for negative effects on the quality of patient care, and to attrition. Interestingly, the factors that enhance physician fulfillment and those that may precipitate burnout symptoms are distinct. Optimization of physician well-being requires tailored approaches in each of these 2 dimensions and is most likely to succeed if it includes approaches that are customized to career phase, physician specialty, and practice setting. Organization leaders must prioritize this issue and provide sustained support for wellness initiatives, to foster a culture that is conducive to physician well-being.
Peer Reviewed Research
Burnout, Well-being, & Professionalism
Patient Safety & Medical Errors