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Preventing Physician Burnout
Preventing Physician Burnout

Now available on Amazon, Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, A Handbook for Physicians and Health Care Leaders, by Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, and Diane Shannon, MD, MPH, takes a different approach to physician burnout, looking beyond treatment to identify how health care organizations can reduce the risk and prevent burnout.

The crisis of physician burnout impacts virtually every healthcare organization in the nation. Studies show that more than 50 percent of physicians report at least one symptom of burnout — a percentage that has grown significantly in recent years.

Physicians and executive leaders, as well as the patients their organizations serve, need a solution, and fast.

 Preventing Physician Burnout

In Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, the authors explore the premise that physician burnout stems directly from the healthcare work environment — one steeped in chaos from factors like regulations, electronic health records, and demographic trends, and where the path to success lies in heroic workarounds.

Readers will learn the critical steps to understanding and identifying the drivers of a toxic environment, and how  leading in a different way, based on the Lean principle of Respect for People, can be effectively used to move healthcare from a place of motivation-destroying dysfunction to one of high performance and satisfied physicians.

Healthcare executives and physicians alike will learn specific actions they can take to remedy what ails their organizations — with an emphasis on positive leadership, cultural change, and an effective, ongoing Lean management system that is key to preventing physician burnout.

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Advance Praise for Preventing Physician Burnout

DeChant and Shannon have addressed one of the central issues of health care today: physician burnout. It is hard to see how we can create the health care system we want and need on the backs of joyless and unengaged doctors. This well-written, practical book offers the prescription we need to address this crisis. – Robert Wachter, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California – San Francisco and author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

DeChant and Shannon make a powerful and compelling argument for how to reduce physician burnout. The comprehensive case studies and physician interviews in this book clarify the symptoms, causes and treatment for burnout. A must read for health care leaders. – John Toussaint, MD, Chief Executive Officer, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

Dr. Paul DeChant and Dr. Diane Shannon provide extraordinary insights on a rarely discussed problem that undermines the very fabric of our health care delivery system: physician burnout. Drawing on research, case studies, and their own personal experience as physicians, they define the nature and extent of the problem and propose actions to mitigate this serious issue. This is a must read for health care leaders and policy experts, and in fact, anyone trying to improve health care delivery. – Joan Wellman, Founder, JWA Consulting

We live in a VUCA world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. For many their joy and professional satisfaction has evaporated as they feel more and more overwhelmed, isolated and powerless in the chaos of organizational stress. I love the message of this book. It looks into the abyss of burnout and the distressed organization and asserts that there is hope for all of us to have joy return to our chosen professions from the C suite to the frontline, if only we can embrace the principles of “Lean Done Right” and together build a better future on its core principles of respect and continuous improvement. – Gene Lindsey, MD, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Atrius Health

One of the most practical books that I have read regarding physician and overall health care system efficiency. The interviews and quotes from current industry leaders are invaluable. Preventing Physician Burnout not only provides real world accounts of the many EHR reasons for the burnout epidemic, it also lays out clear and concise ways for health care leaders to address them. – David K. Butler, MD, Vice President for Information Services, EHR Optimization, and Transformation Initiatives, Sutter Health

This is the book we’ve all been waiting for. A comprehensive, thoughtful discussion of the organizational causes and solutions to physician burnout. Any physician or healthcare leader will benefit from reading this book. Buy it today! – Wayne, M. Sotile, PhD, Founder of the Center for Physician Resilience and Author of The Resilient Physician: Effective Emotional Management for Doctors and Their Medical Organizations

Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine does a fantastic job of assessing and diagnosing the underlying etiology of physician burnout. It also offers a prescription for the cure. Lean can’t save the world but it can save US health care. – Montgomery Elmer, MD, Family Physician, ThedaCare

Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine is essential reading. It delves into root causes and offers practical solutions for a critical problem that directly or indirectly affects all of us. Physician burnout has a domino effect on society, and solutions are available. If we continue to turn a blind eye to this problem, we are violating our Hippocratic Oath of Do No Harm to our colleagues and the many that depend on them. – Monica Broome, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Trainer, Institute for Healthcare Communication

When we are ill and vulnerable what we most need is compassionate and expert care. Yet if our caregivers are themselves stressed beyond their limits that care will inevitably suffer. This book highlights why this an issue of pressing concern and illuminates the underlying causes of physician burnout. Most importantly of all it points to a solution: the building of deep and respectful partnerships which engage all staff, and particularly doctors, in finding a better way of doing things. Better for patients, and better for the care givers too. – David Fillingham, Former Chief Executive, Royal Bolton Hospital, UK

The phenomenon of physician burnout threatens the sustainability of our nation’s health care system. Drs. DeChant and Shannon effectively tackle this complex problem and provide both physicians and health care leaders with a way to understand the multilayered contributors to the problem while providing concrete, operational interventions that can be implemented immediately. This handbook will ameliorate the paralysis many health care leaders feel when facing the crisis of burnout in their organizations. – Karen Weiner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Medical Group

DeChant and Shannon provide a no-nonsense, plain-language explanation for the root causes of the international challenge of physician burnout and recommend practical steps to reduce burnout’s drivers. They envision a clear path to burnout prevention that aligns so well with the medical home movement. – Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation, IBM