Physician Burnout – Pathophysiology and Treatment of Burnout

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout – Pathophysiology and Treatment

In my work with over stressed physicians I have noticed a consistent misunderstanding of the pathophysiology of burnout – the hidden methods physician burnout uses to sap your energy and steal your passion for medicine. In this post I will show you how Physician Burnout does it’s dirty work.

This is vitally important because once you can clearly understand how physician burnout operates, you will begin to see the simple ways you can keep the normal stresses of being a doctor — from crossing the line into threatening your career, your marriage and even your life.

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Physician Burnout: The Four Horsemen of the Physician Burnout Apocalypse

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Physician Burnout: The Four Horsemen of the Burnout Apocalypse

Physician Burnout is a constant, prevalent, looming threat over doctors everywhere.

The question is why?

Our work with thousands of over stressed physicians We have isolated one of the major invisible causes of physician burnout – the pervasive mental conditioning of our training process.

Call it the “brainwashing” of our medical education if you will

In this article I will show you four “flavors” of this conditioning – how and why they develop and how they contribute to our physician burnout epidemic.

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Some of the causes of physician burnout are hidden deeply in our subconscious -- beneath the surface of what would appear to be normal behaviors -- in a series of true blind spots in our awareness.

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= something you can't see that you can't see -- something  you don't know you don't know

The Conditioning of our Medical Education is one of these blind spots. Until you learn to recognize this brainwashing, it will drive your behavior and cause physician burnout in powerful ways. Let me show you your doctor conditioning.

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Physician Burnout – 3 Signs and 3 Simple Prevention Steps

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

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.

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Physician Burnout – Abraham Maslow would say it is a Calling

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout – Abraham Maslow would say it’s a Calling

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Burnout Symptoms in Physicians Are Different in Men and Women

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Burnout Symptoms in Physicians are Different in Men and Women

Over the last twenty years multiple studies have shown and average of 1 in 3 physicians suffer burnout symptoms on any given office day. This prevalence of burnout symptoms has been a constant of modern healthcare delivery regardless of specialty and in numerous countries around the world.

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Physician Burnout – the Three Symptoms, Three Phases and Three Cures

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout: Are YOU in the Danger Zone and What You Can DO about it.

[ our complete Burnout Basics Resource Library is here ]

In this article let me show you three key concepts:

  • A way to understand the difference between stress and burnout
  • A method to see if you are at risk for - or suffering from - physician burnout
  • Three distinct methods to reverse and prevent physician burnout.

In my work with physician burnout and stress … I have come to the conclusion that our current Healthcare “System” (I use that term VERY loosely) is TOXIC to the Workers. There are exceptions to this trend … an occasional group or practice that believes in and supports physician wellness … and these are the classic “exception that prove the rule”.

I have written previously on Physician Burnout, the invisible forces that drain us and why it is simply not a Fair Fight. One statistic is worth repeating.

“Numerous global studies involving nearly every medical and surgical specialty indicate that approximately 1 of every 3 physicians is experiencing burnout at any given time”
Tait Shanafelt MD   JAMA. 2009;302(12): 1338-1340 (physician burnout)

 

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Physician Burnout … Are you At Risk?

The short answer is  YES! Everyone in every workplace is at risk for professional burnout. AND the healthcare environment is especially stressful because of the nature of the work, the nature of the “clients” and the way the providers have been conditioned (brainwashed is another term) by their medical training.

Understanding Burnout – The 3 Energetic Bank Accounts

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Physician Burnout and the Definition of Crazy

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout is CRAZY sometimes

Here’s a common definition of crazy behavior:

Crazy is …

Doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting a different result.

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Physician Burnout Presents Differently in Male and Female Doctors

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout – Gender Differences in Burnout Symptoms.

Numerous studies have shown that an average of 1 in 3 practicing physicians are suffering from symptomatic physician burnout on any given office day … worldwide, regardless of specialty.

The three classic signs and symptoms of physician burnout are measured by a standardized evaluation; the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). They are:

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1) Emotional Exhaustion

The doctor is tapped out after the office day, hospital rounds or being on call and is unable to recover with time off. Over time their energy level begins to follow a downward spiral.

2) “Depersonalization”

This shows up as cynicism or a negative, callous, excessively detached response to their job duties. Often burned out doctors will begin to blame and complain about their patients and their problems.

3) “Reduced Accomplishment”

Here physician burnout has the doctor start to question whether they are offering quality care and whether what they do really matters at all.

As more female doctors move into the workforce, researchers are beginning to notice differences in the way physician burnout presents in men and women.

If you think for a moment about the three scales of the MBI, you will probably be able to imagine the differences. Here is what groundbreaking physician burnout research published in 2011 is showing.

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Physician Burnout: Why its not a Fair Fight

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout vs. Fulfillment
Why it’s Not a Fair Fight

burnout prevention matrix free report 235 waysWhy does having a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as a modern doctor seem like such a struggle at times?

There is an invisible battle going on, day-by-day between our search for a Fulfilling Career in Medicine and the hidden forces of Physician Burnout.

In this article, I will outline why this is most certainly not a “fair fight”. Modern doctors are programmed to burn out ... it's a setup. I will also share latest physician burnout research evidence on what you can do to even the odds.

our complete Burnout Basics Resource Library is here

What is Physician Burnout Anyway?

We each know what it feels like to be burned out, toast, fried and spent after a long weekend of call or a tough night in the hospital. If you are able to recover your drive and energy before you return to work, great job. I hope your resilience continues.

The difference between Stress and Physician Burnout is this ability to recover in your time off. Physician Burnout begins when you are NOT able to recharge your batteries between call nights or days in the office. You begin a downward spiral that has three distinct symptoms.

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