The Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018 was recently published. It looked at individuals’ responses to a variety of questions and helped to identify both the reasons for physician burnout and what physicians who don’t experience burnout are doing to avert burnout.
Below are a few highlights of the results from over 15,500 physicians within 29 specialties
- 42% reported burnout
- Top contributors to burnout – Too many bureaucratic tasks (56%); Spending too many hours at work (39%); Lack of respect from administrators/employers/colleagues or staff (26%);Increasing computerization of practice – EHR (24%)
The survey asked “What would reduce your Burnout?” and while the answers are interesting, I think the more powerful information comes from the question “How do you avert burnout?” Physicians who reported that they are NOT burned out were asked to write about how they deal with work-related stress.
To Avert Burnout this is what they said,
- Maintain a positive Attitude about their jobs
- Strive to manage their expectations
- Try to balance their work and home lives
It is clear that burnout has to be dealt with on a variety of levels
- Team – Work Group
- Healthcare System
Vital Signs of Well-Beingtm focuses on the individual and team. This program, based in positive psychology and coaching principles, offers opportunities to learn ways to develop a positive attitude and effectively deal with some of the stressors that accompany working in healthcare. Additionally, coaching is provided to help individualize what is most effective in helping people overcome burnout.
Some of the benefits of Vital Signs of Well-Beingtm are,
- Increased resilience on individual, team and organizational level
- Improved co-operation and collaboration – better relationships at work
- Decreased reactivity to the stressors that come along with working in a job that has a lot of emotional labor
- Improved morale
To learn more about how Vital Signs of Well-Being can work with your organization and individuals, contact me.
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