ACP Opening Session stresses importance of friendships to combat burnout

PHILADELPHIA — Positive, supportive relationships with others can help improve the well-being of both patients and physicians, according to the Opening Session at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting.
While the prevalence or incidence of loneliness is not fully understood, it is common among Americans, Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, said during the ceremony.
Studies have shown that loneliness is associated with higher risks of heart disease, dementia, anxiety and depression and shorter lifespan, he said.
“Whether we know it or not, we are dealing

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