Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency - WELL: Women Empowering Leading Learning
Healthcare provider wellness is a huge issue in our country. Physicians need to be able to identify the signs of burnout and understand the impact that burnout has on them, the healthcare team, and their patients.
Physician burnout is often attributed to systemic problems in the health care environment. Being buried in paperwork, overbearing caseloads and EHRs are just some of the components preventing physicians from practicing medicine the way they would like to. Over 40% of physicians said they were burned out in Medscape’s 2018 National Physician Burnout & Depression Report.
A JAMA review highlighted the difficulty of assessing the accurate number of burned-out physicians without a standard definition of burnout or method of measuring it, though a related JAMA editorial noted that chronic occupational stress is clearly a serious problem among today’s physicians.
In two studies and an editorial in its Sept. 18 issue, JAMA takes a deep dive into physician burnout, exploring its prevalence among physicians of different specialties and the different—and often nebulous—ways burnout was measured in the past. The first study found that resident physicians in urology, emergency medicine and general surgery were more likely to report symptoms of burnout than internal medicine residents. The study, a survey of over 3,500 residents, also found that being female and having anxiety in medical school were associated with a greater risk of burnout. Roughly 14% of survey respondents said they regretted their career choice. These physicians were also more likely to report burnout symptoms.
Professional Practice Gap
Professional burnout in the healthcare arena is contributing to workforce shortages, increased errors, and puts patients at risk of being harmed. Physicians need to know the symptoms of burnout, the impact on the healthcare team, and steps they can take to change the environment they practice in to better care for themselves and their patients.
Burnout is viewed as a threat to patient safety because depersonalization is presumed to result in poorer interactions with patients. Clinicians with burnout are more likely to subjectively rate patient safety lower in their organizations and to admit to having made mistakes or delivered substandard care at work. Thus a number of influential organizations, including the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic, have highlighted addressing burnout as a priority.
- Discuss burnout and the resultant personal and professional impact
- List specific synergistic career strategies to help prevent burnout, foster resiliency and drive success
- Develop an individualized, actionable plan for successful implementation of strategies
Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Medical Director, Infection Control and Epidemiology, Nebraska Medical Center
- Medical School: University of Minnesota
- Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota
- Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic - Rochester
Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic - Rochester
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the activity director and speaker indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
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Continuing Education Credit
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Medical Society. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
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- 2.00 AOA Category 2A
- 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)