5 ways to improve physician mental health

The practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty. Burnout has become so bad that physicians are increasingly leaving the workforce, with the 2016 Physicians Foundation Report reporting that 49 percent of doctors were actively making plans to decrease patient care either by entering early retirement, changing to a nonclinical role or switching to a lower volume concierge-type practice.” Even more sadly, about 400 physicians per year stop seeing patients for the most tragic of cause: because they take their own lives.

The practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty. Burnout has become so bad that physicians are increasingly leaving the workforce, with the 2016 Physicians Foundation Report reporting that 49 percent of doctors were actively making plans to decrease patient care either by entering early retirement, changing to a nonclinical role or switching to a lower volume concierge-type practice.” Even more sadly, about 400 physicians per year stop seeing patients for the most tragic of cause: because they take their own lives.

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5 ways to improve physician mental health