We have written about physician burnout in the past, but according to a new report by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, our country is now facing a major medical and public health crisis because of how widespread the problem has become. In the new report titled “A Crisis In Health Care: A Call To Action On Physician Burnout,” the Harvard authors urge lawmakers and the public to pay attention to the extreme dangers associated with increasing rates of burnout presenting in healthcare workers.
Physician burnout involves depersonalization, a diminished sense of personal accomplishment, and/or emotional exhaustion. Depersonalization is when someone begins to lose his or her sense of identity. In some cases, people experiencing depersonalization question their reality and are not be completely in control of their actions.
Physician burnout can cause a variety of problems, ranging from mild-to-severe. Here are just a few examples of how burnout affects the physical wellbeing – and lives – of American men, women, and children every day:
Numerous studies have already raised alarms over the dangerous nature of rising healthcare burnout rates. Now it is time for the medical system to implement effective programs that prevent the rates from continuing to grow, as well as to address current healthcare workers who are being affected by the lethal syndrome.
The Harvard report provides several recommendations on how to positively impact modern day physician burnout rates. Some examples of the recommendations include:
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