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9 Ways Physicians Can Cure Burnout

9 Ways Physicians Can Cure Burnout

Due to an ever-increasing amount of regulations from various third parties, liability issues, and the time pressure associated with the practice of medicine, burnout has become a pressing issue for many healthcare practitioners. Work-related fatigue and its associated symptoms can have a serious impact on physicians' quality of life and may ultimately affect patient care. While eliminating stressors and breaking the burnout cycle is no easy task, small changes in the way physicians live and work can help restore their health and energy levels.     

Here are nine tips that can help physicians recover from burnout.

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Not only is physician burnout high, the stress of it affects our personal health. Stress affects so many disease states - cancers, hypertension, cardiac disease, GERD....just to name a few. I know I have several diagnoses because of the stress of being an OB/GYN physician for 24 years.

Patricia @

Return physician's autonomy to them and a lot of cases of burnout will be cured...........

Joseph @

I think this slide show states all the same non helping rhetoric that we hear all the time. Burnout is hard and troubling and may be helped with better delegation and management in some cases, however the real hurt inside a physician, the psychological fatigue is deep and stressful. We are trained to be strong and confident and unshaken, so we cover up those opposite feelings of depression, stress, fear, and fatigue. There has to be a paradigm shift to really help the world of physicians. We should look to some other countries on how they help their physicians have good balanced lives, i.e New Zealand for example.

Farah @

The current reimbursement practices from Insurance ( while they post double profits for denying care) , in addition to the lack of approval for treatment ( not allowing the physician and patient to make decisions for care) is the biggest cause for burnout. Trying, or being forced, to do much more, with much less is the problem. Rent, employee salaries, overhead in general all go up yearly. The only thing that goes down is reimbursement.

Kevin @

TheHappyMD.com has a team of six practicing physicians who are also Certified Physician Burnout coaches. We offer a free one hour Discovery Call that helps individual physicians create a roadmap on how to move forward when faced with the dilemma of "burn out" and also to help physicians avoid "burn out." On-going coaching packages with an individual physician coach are also available. The website has a wealth of information about burnout prevention so check it out...
P. Christy Parham-Vetter, MD, MPH
Physician Wellness Coach
Dermatologist at NMRMC
Clinical Preventive Medicine Specialist
President, Parham Consulting

Christy @

TheHappyMD.com has a team of six practicing physicians who are also Certified Physician Burnout coaches. We offer a free one hour Discovery Call that helps individual physicians create a roadmap on how to move forward when faced with the dilemma of "burn out" and also to help physicians avoid "burn out." On-going coaching packages with an individual physician coach are also available. The website has a wealth of information about burnout prevention so check it out...
P. Christy Parham-Vetter, MD, MPH
Physician Wellness Coach
Dermatologist at NMRMC
Clinical Preventive Medicine Specialist
President, Parham Consulting

Christy @

Instead of a Psychiatrist,a Professional Physician Coach might
help a Burnt-Out Physician navigate these new uncharted waters toward an optimal Work-Life balance and personal and professional fulfillment.

wendell @

Help from a psychiatrist? seriously? the guys who do drug checks but no counseling at all? That is not an answer to the problem of burnout...we don't need medications; we need concrete skills and coaching with supportive counseling!

Vicki @

Not all use medications. In addition to talk therapy, exercise, journaling and community support, we've had great success with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for anxiety and depression at our Hurst, Texas, facility. I thought the slide show had some valuable insights.

Damon @

What kinds of tips do you have for employed physicians? Most of the tips mentioned are for independent physicians with more control of staffing, meetings and schedules.

Myung @

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