Physicians are not powerless in reducing burnout

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Occupational burnout is pervasive among health care providers, but physicians have the power to address the issue head on with both individual and organizational interventions, according to a presentation at Hospital Medicine 2019.
“Physician burnout is not a mental health issue,” Tait Shanafelt, MD, chief wellness officer at Stanford Medicine, said during his presentation.
It is an occupational syndrome that is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and low sense of personal achievement, according to Shanafelt.
“The fundamental

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