Physicians' Well-Being

12 Jun 2018 9:00 AM | Michael Kelberer (Administrator)

by Michael Kelberer

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) proposed a Charter on Physician Well-Being. It cites widespread challenges to the well-being of physicians including dissatisfaction, burnout, high rates of depression, and increased suicide risk. These in turn are associated with reduced patient care and satisfaction, decreased access to care, and increased healthcare costs.

One purpose of the charter, say the authors, is to provide a set of guiding principles to healthcare organizations to help counter these worrisome downward trends in physician well-being, and therefore in patient care.  Here are the principles they propose:

  • Effective patient care promotes and requires physician well-being.
  • Physician well-being is related with the well-being of all members of the health care team.
  • Physician well-being is a quality marker.
  • Physician well-being is a shared responsibility.

At Mindfulness Northwest, we are proud of our history of providing high-quality mindfulness training to healthcare providers in the Pacific Northwest. There is a significant and growing body of peer-reviewed literature that shows that healthcare providers receiving formal mindfulness training show significant improvements in each of the "challenges" to physician well-being mentioned above. And organizations offering this training do enjoy reduced burnout and provider turnover, as well as improved patient outcomes and satisfaction

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To see the JAMA article, click here: JAMA Abstract

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