The Business Case for Investing in Physician Wellbeing - a Dual Competitive Advantage for Early Adopters
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In 2017 an article in JAMA Internal Medicine by Shanafelt, Goh and Sinsky (
In this blog post let me show you a different way of looking at the benefits to the organization of taking better care of your physicians and staff.
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For the individual physician burnout can cause emotional and physical exhaustion, compassion fatigue, cynicism, loss of a sense of purpose in their practice, depression, alcohol and drug use, divorce, shortening of their career and even doubles all physician's risk of dying of suicide - regardless of their gender.
Organizational symptoms of burnout include decreased quality of care and patient satisfaction, higher medical error rates, higher rates of malpractice suits, physician disengagement, dissatisfaction and disruptive behavior and higher turnover for both physicians and staff.
Remember too that burnout prevalence in US physicians in the last 4 years or so has hovered at 50% or more regardless of what group of physicians have been surveyed. Now notice something else ...