Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

I found this 2020 article in Medical Economics and it said this:

Burnout is not an individual problem, but rather one that stems from workplace culture, healthcare policies, and societal expectations

Burnout has become an epidemic in medicine, with between one-third and one-half of U.S. clinicians experiencing it, according to a report from the National Academy of Medicine. Personal stress management strategies are insufficient to address the issue, and the academy says it must be approached not as an individual problem, but one that results from workplace culture, healthcare policies, and societal expectations.

Why did I look at a 2020 article? Well, for some reason Medical Economics promoted it in the email they sent me. I guess they can’t find new stuff to write about.

Here are the six ways:

  • Create positive work environments
  • Address burnout in training and at the early career stage
  • Reduce tasks that do not improve patient care
  • Improve usability and relevance of health IT
  • Reduce stigma and improve burnout recovery services
  • Create a national research agenda on clinician well-being

Interesting. Direct primary care either fixes the above or makes it irrelevant!

Do you think the National Academy of Medicine promoted us as an answer? LOL.

By the end of 2020, federal agencies should develop a coordinated research agenda on clinician burnout. Research priorities should include identifying the drivers of burnout across career and life stages for different types of clinicians; burnout’s implications for the workforce as well as patient safety outcomes; and potential systems-level interventions to improve clinician and learner well-being.

Yeah, that will work. You can never have too many agendas, committees, or studies, I always say.

Oh, that deadline of the end of 2020 came and went. They fixed nothing.

But we did.

22490cookie-checkThe National Academy of Medicine Fixes Physician Burnout?

By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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