Addressing the Elephant in the Room: New Collaborative Looks to Combat Clinician Burnout
December 23, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
In the face of "alarming evidence" regarding high rates of depression and suicide among healthcare workers in the U.S., the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced a collaborative effort of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being. The Academy said more than 20 organizations have already committed to the initiative, which it will lead in order to advance and identify evidence-based solutions to reverse the trend in clinician stress. Burnout has been associated with increased medical errors and patient dissatisfaction. Around 400 physicians commit suicide each year, according to a study cited by the Academy, which is double the rate of the national average. A different study cited by the Academy said that the risk of physician burnout is double that of other professions.