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A New Resource to Combat Clinician Burnout

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March 26, NAHC Report

 

The National Academy of Medicine has created a Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, intended as a comprehensive repository to provide clinicians and health system professionals with resources to battle clinician burnout, a common problem in the health care industry.

 

The ever-increasing demands of the health care field have led to high rates of burnout and stress among health professionals. “More than half of U.S. physicians experience burnout, a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work,” according to the Academy. “Nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other health care professionals are also experiencing high rates of burnout, putting an unsustainable strain on the health care system.”

 

How important is clinician burnout? The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article on the subject, with this chilling conclusion:

 

“Not only are clinicians’ lives at risk, so is patient safety. Some studies have revealed links between clinician burnout and increased rates of medical errors, malpractice suits, and health care–associated infections ...”

 

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