Doing something about physician burnout

October 13, 2016

Burnout affects more than half of practising physicians and is on the rise.When burnout was seen as a crisis of wellbeing—affecting physicians’ personal lives and work satisfaction—it garnered little public sympathy and could be dismissed as the whining of a privileged class. Now that evidence suggests that burnout negatively aff ects physicians’ eff ectiveness and availability to patients, as well as patient safety, physicians, healthcare organisations, and the public are justifi ably worried about quality of patient care and the health of healthcare institutions.
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