The pressures on clinicians today have led to a crisis: burnout. Study after study concludes that more than half of all physicians are “burned out” – a common term for a constellation of the impacts of systemic stress on individuals. “Burn out” is strongly related to making clinical errors, depression, job abandonment and loss of workforce morale.
However, there doesn’t seem to be any lessening of the stress in these environments. Regulatory, financial, and clinical pressures continue to mount, serving only to exacerbate the problem. What can be done?
Often, the best solution comes from standing the problem on its head. In this case, instead of combatting stress “head on,” the answer comes by developing resilience – individually and institutionally – to not only weather these storms but turn them to our advantage. Rather than simplistically viewing the environment as “broken” and in need of a “fix,” it’s time to seize the opportunity for transformation for (again) individuals and institutions.
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