Physician stress has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Today’s physicians are stressed and overworked, often losing sight of their career goals and personal ambitions.
The resulting frustration, anger, restlessness and exhaustion are known as physician burnout and adversely affect the quality and costs of patient care.
Physicians are challenged both by the lack of fulfillment in their careers and the effect of long hours and job stress on their personal lives. One study showed that 31% would choose a different profession if given the chance to start over; while another study reported that most participants had thought of leaving the profession at least one in the last 12 months and many would not want their children to go into medicine. In that latter study by the Sacramento Medial Society, 76% reported that burnout affected patient satisfaction at a “medium-to-high” level.
How to Prevent Physician Burnout —
The best prevention for burnout among physicians is to promote their personal wellness on all levels—physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. It is a challenge not only for individual physicians in their own lives but for the profession of medicine and all the organizations in which physicians work. Preventing burnout—a responsibility of all physicians and of the health care organizations in which they work—entails the explicit promotion of physican wellness. Physicians must be guided from the earliest years of training to cultivate methods of personal renewal, self-awareness, connection with social support systems and a sense of mastery and meaning in their work. Maintaining these values is the work of a lifetime. It is not incidental to medicine, but is at the core of deepest values of the profession: “First, do no harm.” Harmlessness begins with oneself. If physicians hope to heal the distresses of the 21st century and lead their patients to enjoy sustainable wellness, they must show that this is possible by their own lives of sustainable service that emanates from the depth of spirits that are continuously renewed.
To address the physician’s burnout, it is imperative to start education for health and wellbeing, since this is easier than changing the health care system. Radiance Wellness Institute offers customized wellness programs to achieve this goal.
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