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FEATURE
FEATURE

HERE ARE SOME INITIATIVES
THAT HAVE APPEARED LOCALLY:
* Programs to promote resilience and
a supportive environment, such as
mindfulness-based stress reduction
* Peer programs that offer fellow
physicians as confidants and
trained caregivers
* Resources to maintain physical
health including gyms and health
coaching
* Personal spaces for doctors where
they can reconnect with colleagues,
such as lounges, in both inpatient
and outpatient settings
* Social gatherings aimed at bringing
caregivers together outside of
the workplace with a focus on
community and commensalism

Offering caregivers some latitude in how
Other programs aimed at creating a their workplace needs and wants, and also
they manage their offices by balancing "culture of wellness" (this is defined as considering their own work-life balance.
standardization with a level of independent establishing organizational values, behaviors, Locally, some hospitals have seen their high
contributions to the practice
and leadership that prioritize personal distress rate drop by bringing the problem
and professional growth, community, and into the light, empowering caregivers
The personal side of burnout
compassion for self and others). 
to share their needs, and by supporting
As noted above, chronic physician exmeaningful changes. While it's a huge
haustion is mostly attributed to operational Finding balance in a complex world
undertaking to begin the seismic shift that
factors. There are certain administrative
As the friction between keeping a business ensures the systems in place are serving the
realities to practicing medicine that most afloat and what caregivers value most is wellness purpose, with every conversation
likely will not go away; this includes brought to the fore and addressed, the and each small step taken, we're chipping
constantly evolving system requirements issue of physician burnout starts to become away at the problem. Whether health system
and financial stressors. While doctors by manageable. It's a matter of organizations or physician, it's important to remember
nature just want to take care of patients, prioritizing the health of their caregivers that cultural change takes time and wellness
they cannot be ignorant to these pressures. in a similar way they do the patients they is a journey.
Therefore, there is value to the personal care for. This mindset has started to take
side of mitigating burnout, which involves hold, with some innovative organizations Physician Well-Being: The Reciprocity of Practice
resiliency. Local hospitals as well as national even changing their mission statements Efficiency, Culture of Wellness, and Personal Reinstitutions have begun to introduce and focusing on network goals that revolve silience, NJEM Catalyst; https://catalyst.nejm.org/
initiatives that emphasize the importance around the concept of the Quadruple physician-well-being-efficiency-wellness-resilience/
of helping physicians focus on themselves Aim: A model where caregiver wellness
and their emotional, social, and spiritual is prioritized in the same way as quality,
needs. These programs are apt to be most experience, and cost.
successful when they are geographically
accessible and can be seamlessly integrated
With a national focus on burnout, careinto the typical workday.
givers themselves are becoming more
engaged, taking the opportunity to share
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