More than half of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms of burnout — a rate more than twice that among professionals in other fields. Medical students and residents have higher rates of burnout and depression than their peers who are pursuing nonmedical careers. Physicians with symptoms of burnout are twice as likely to leave an organization as those without such symptoms
"The health system cannot sustain current rates of clinician burnout and continue to deliver safe, high-quality care". What to do?
Here are some examples (more reading available at the reference links below):
- To prevent burnout, Mayo Clinic has leadership-effectiveness scores for every division head and department chair.
- University of Colorado health uses medical assistants to set the agenda for patient visits and write the notes (almost 3 assistants per physician)
Amazing when you offload physician administrative tasks. Before this intervention, were they doing 4 people's jobs? https://t.co/kBqorWCTtf— Shannon McNamara, MD (@ShannonOMac) January 31, 2018