Burnout prevention tips from the trenches

It’s no longer a secret that symptoms of professional burnout — exhaustion, cynicism, lack of effectiveness — are spreading through the healthcare workforce like wildfire. While recent large studies have shockingly revealed burnout rates of 50 percent or higher, a recent small survey from the Studer Group indicated that nearly all doctors (90 percent) are afflicted by burnout at least some of the time. Also troubling, more than half (54 percent) of the 350 physician respondents said the leaders of their organizations were not taking steps to treat or prevent burnout.

It’s no longer a secret that symptoms of professional burnout — exhaustion, cynicism, lack of effectiveness — are spreading through the healthcare workforce like wildfire. While recent large studies have shockingly revealed burnout rates of 50 percent or higher, a recent small survey from the Studer Group indicated that nearly all doctors (90 percent) are afflicted by burnout at least some of the time. Also troubling, more than half (54 percent) of the 350 physician respondents said the leaders of their organizations were not taking steps to treat or prevent burnout.

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Burnout prevention tips from the trenches