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.