What is physician burnout?
In this episode of the Is It Serious? podcast, Suntra CEO Dr. Jean-Luc Neptune talks about physician burnout, and what doctors, and patients, can do about it. But what is physician burnout? Keep reading and find out.
Physician burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress in the workplace. It is characterized by feelings of frustration, depersonalization, cynicism, decreased efficiency, negative attitude towards work and decreased job satisfaction.
It’s up to organizations to create supportive environments that promote physician health and wellness.
Physician burnout can lead to long-term health problems such as depression or anxiety, impair physician performance and patient care quality, and increase physician turnover. To prevent physician burnout, it is important for physicians to take proactive steps to improve their own well-being through self-care practices such as adequate sleep, exercise and relaxation. It is also important for organizations to create supportive environments that promote physician health and wellness.
Creating healthier work environments for doctors means better treatment for patients
Organizations should encourage physician collaboration across departments rather than competition among colleagues; enhance physician autonomy and control over their work; recognize physician achievements; provide opportunities for professional development, among other measures. By understanding physician burnout, organizations can take steps to create a healthier environment for physicians and in turn better patient care.
Physicians should also be aware of the signs of physician burnout so they can seek help or advice when needed. If left unaddressed, physician burnout can lead to serious consequences that could affect both the physician’s personal life and career. It is important to remember that physician burnout is preventable with proper management and care. With awareness and support, physician burnout can be managed effectively.
Republished from the Is It Serious Podcast:
Physician burnout is on the rise and there are many barriers and reasons why providers do not talk about it. Dr. JL Neptune and Dr. Mark Lewis pull back the curtain on the pressures and demands that cause the burnout as well as the reasons why doctors and other healthcare workers often don’t talk about it.
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- AMA Resources on physician burnout
- Clinical Burnout Foundation resources
- Web Of Science Resources
- National suicide prevention number 1-800-273-8255