A New Year with a Primer on Physician Burnout
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 physician burnout. These come straight from our book. These organizations are using approaches that anyone can follow. Some are easier to implement than others, but all are effective.

The Six Drivers of Physician Burnout

You may be wondering what those six drivers are, so I’ll give you a sneak preview now:Physician burnout laptop

  1. Work Overload – made worse for physicians due to workplace chaos and time pressure
  2. Lack of Control – a direct challenge to physicians’ strongly held value of autonomy
  3. Inadequate Reward – physicians make decent money, but are losing nonmonetary rewards like prestige, autonomy, and joy in patient care
  4. Breakdown of Community – there’s less time for physicians to connect with each other, or with their support staff, and even their families
  5. Absence of Fairness – many physicians feel diminishing trust and respect from leadership
  6. Mismatch of Values – increasingly leaders focus on quality care while reducing resources to protect financial performance, frustrating physicians in the process

What Actions Can You Take?

I’ll be posting vignettes from our book including:

  • Immersing leaders and board members in clinical care experiences
  • Developing physician leaders
  • Team-based care
  • Prioritizing physician wellbeing
  • Engaging physicians in strategic planning
  • Implementing physician-administrator dyad leadership teams

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Happy New Year

In conclusion, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as we pursue frustration-free patient care and prevent physician burnout.

2017, here we come!

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