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Preventing Physician Burnout – Q & A

“As an RN, this presentation is on target with the level of frustration we deal with as well…great delivery.” This was one of the comments I received following a presentation on Preventing Physician Burnout at IBM’s office in Cambridge, MA.  This nurse is right, burnout is not unique to physicians, and in fact affects all… Continue Reading

The Physician Suicide Pandemic

In case you had any doubt that there is a physician suicide pandemic, read Dr. Eric Levi’s latest blog post, The Dark Side of Doctoring. Eric is an ENT surgeon in Australia.  This post starts with a letter from the wife of a gastroenterologist in Brisbane who took his life last week. This eloquent letter… Continue Reading

Physician Leaders Need to Get Angry

I’m on my way home from the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Physician Leadership in New York.  Three hundred physician leaders came together from across the nation to share their challenges and learn from great keynote speakers and from each other. Among the 35 breakout sessions were five on physician burnout, including a… Continue Reading

The Hamster Wheel – Shorthand for Physician Burnout

Using the burnout model of Maslach and Leiter, and relating it to a hamster wheel, and a busy physician, the impact of this analogy becomes clear. Lean Done Right is an effective way to address the problem. Continue Reading

Conflicting Values – Physician Burnout Driver Number Six

Today’s Posting on Conflicting Values is the sixth and final in my series on the drivers of physician burnout as described in The Truth About Burnout by Maslach and Leiter.  Physicians place great value in their ability to provide compassionate quality care to their patients.  Health system leaders similarly proclaim a dedication to compassion and… Continue Reading

Absence of Fairness – Burnout Driver #5

Today marks the fifth entry in my weekly series reviewing the six key drivers of burnout described in Maslach and Leiter’s classic book The Truth about Burnout – Absence of Fairness.  They state “A workplace is perceived to be fair when three key elements are present: trust, openness, and respect.”  This makes intuitive sense.  When… Continue Reading

Fixing Frustrations at the Front Lines

Here is another in my series of vignettes about health care organizations that are reducing physician burnout, taken from our book Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to Patient Care. Following my post on Sunday about burnout driver #3 – Insufficient Reward – I’m happy to share this example of Lean providing… Continue Reading

Physician Burnout Driver #3 – Insufficient Reward

Today’s posting takes a deep dive into the third driver of physician burnout – Insufficient Reward.  When most of us think about the reward we receive from work, we first think about compensation.  Most doctors are paid relatively well.  Pay is an extrinsic reward.  Many will argue that what they are paid is not worth… Continue Reading

Lack of Control

Today in my ongoing series on the six drivers of physician burnout we discuss burnout driver number two as identified by Maslach and Leiter in The Truth about Burnout – Lack of Control. In last Sunday’s post we discussed the first driver – Work Overload – which for physicians is exacerbated by a chaotic work environment… Continue Reading

Work Overload – First Driver of Burnout

Over the next six weeks I will be posting about each of the six primary drivers of burnout, starting today with the first of the six – Work Overload.  Work Overload is the first thing people think of as a root cause of burnout.  When there is too much to do, people become overwhelmed and… Continue Reading

A New Year with a Primer on Physician Burnout

Welcome to 2017! I’m taking a new approach this year, starting off with a series on all things Physician Burnout. I’ll start off with a weekly update on Sundays explaining each of the six drivers of physician burnout in successive posts. Midweek I will share vignettes about health care organizations are reducing the risk of… Continue Reading