Physician Burnout – 3 Signs and 3 Simple Prevention Steps
With all the passionate headlines and blog posts written on the health care reform debate/Obamacare, and advances in digital medicine – it is easy to overlook the fact that most healthcare is actually delivered person to person, knee to knee, from doctor to patient behind a closed exam room door.
Medicine is practiced “in the cloud” of one-on-one conversations in offices and hospital rooms all over the world, every single day. These are special conversations full of fear and intimate details. Important decisions are made, life and death hang in the balance at times. In the best cases, diagnoses are made, treatments rendered successfully, empathetic communication takes place, hands are washed and we all live to “fight” another day.
The “tip of the sword” in almost every case is a human being – not a cell phone app or other piece of technology.
The point of care is a doctor, nurse or similar front line member of the clinical team … and lost in all the smoke and mirrors of modern healthcare journalism is an important fact. The people at the point of care are often over-stressed and burned out.
Physician Burnout is an epidemic hidden in plain sight amongst the providers on the front lines.