January 1, 2019
I recently came across this interesting article about physician burnout. It was a nice review of the relevant literature. The authors addressed the obvious issues such as job dissatisfaction, turnover and related financial and career-related issues. They also did a really good job describing the correlation between physician burnout and medical errors (and malpractice claims), something that most burned out doctors often don’t think much about. Somewhat related to this, it seems that patient satisfaction is negatively affected by burnout. Demographically, women are more prone than men to burn out, as are younger physicians.
Burnout is often not addressed until bigger, more damaging problems arise, such as acting out with disruptive behavior. As with most compounding problems, it’s much easier to prevent or successfully treat disruptive behavior when underlying burnout issues are dealt with. I’m available to meet with such physicians and other healthcare professionals. Contact me to schedule an initial consultation.
June 10, 2013
I just came across a recent article in the AMA’s newsletter, AMedNews.com, about physician (and staff) burnout. Nothing all that new here, but it talks about how overwork and burnout of one member of the treatment team or office staff – – physician or non-physician – – affects the productivity, engagement and satisfaction of others in the office. Many of the physicians and other healthcare workers who come to see me for therapy or coaching suffer from burnout. This tends to be particularly troubling for those professionals who are highly specialized in their training and expertise as they often feel that there are no other options but to continue in their current mode of practice, leaving them to feel trapped. Burnout is relatively easily dealt with once the problem is identified and the professional invests her/his attention and time to the matter of resolving the situation.