Physicians and other healthcare professionals on the front lines are at a growing risk of burnout. Those who suffer report emotional exhaustion, a loss of enthusiasm for their work, a low sense of accomplishment, and growing feelings of cynicism. Performance can be impacted by emotional and physical fatigue, reduced focus and concentration.
The healthcare system has finally taken notice, with the addition of a fourth aim to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s well-known Triple Aim (improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing the cost of care) – addressing workplace dissatisfaction and the stress and burnout of physicians (and other clinicians and medical staff) by improving the experience of providing care.
Caring for the Provider
Drs. Bodenheimer and Sinsky noted in a 2014 Annals of Family Medicine article that “care of the patient requires care of the provider.”
If you were about to board a plane, you would want the pilots to be well-rested, focused, vigilant, at the top of their game, and prepared to make a comprehensive assessment to ensure the safety of their passengers. We expect the same of those who provide our care and who literally may sometimes hold our lives in their hands. Shouldn’t we then support and work to create an environment in which the joy of medicine can survive and be leveraged for our collective benefit?
Restoring the Joy of Medicine
Insight MD® is aligned with PeopleTweaker, a professional coaching service with expertise in addressing the stress and burnout experienced by medical professionals. The founder of Insight MD, Z. Colette Edwards, MD, MBA is prepared with solutions to help clinicians restore their joy and optimize their effectiveness as professional caregivers.
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