To Ensure High Quality Patient Care, the Healthcare System Must Address Clinician Burnout

National Academy of Medicine (10/23/2019)

The National Academy of Medicine issued a report that outlines six goals for preventing and addressing clinician burnout, which affects between one-third and one-half of clinicians in the United States, and promoting professional well-being. These objectives include establishing positive work environments, addressing burnout in training and at the early career stage, reducing tasks that do not enhance patient care, improving the usability and relevance of health IT, reducing stigma and improving burnout recovery services, and creating a national research agenda on clinician well-being. “For many clinicians, developing real relationships with patients is what attracted us to healthcare in the first place, but administrative tasks often take us away from patient care,” said Christine Cassel, senior adviser on strategy and policy and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. “With this report, we have a real opportunity to change the culture of healthcare delivery and help restore clinicians' well-being and joy in medicine.”

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