Mindful Daily Practice Offers an Antidote to Healthcare Burnout

By GREG HAMMER, MD Burnout among healthcare professionals is at an all-time high. Its drivers include longer work hours, the push to see more patients, more scrutiny by administrators, and loss of control over our practice. We seem to spend more time with the electronic medical record and less time face-to-face with our patients. I have faced burnout personally. My son passed away at the age of 29, which was beyond painful. At the same time, I felt burdened by the growing number and complexity of metrics by which I was judged at work. Days in the operating room and intensive care unit seemed more and more exhausting, and my patience was becoming shorter and shorter. I was fortunate to have had a long-standing meditation practice as well as sabbatical time that I used to decompress and re-evaluate my career. Many of us are not so lucky. More than half of physicians have serious signs of burnout, and more than one physician commits suicide every day. So many of us feel burned out these days because in our rapidly changing profession we are asked to do more for less and with inadequate resources. We suffer from exhaustion, self-criticism, and worry about what will happen next to our practice, our families, and ourselves. If we want to save our practices, patients, marriages- even our lives, we must acquire personal resilience. Fortunately, we can increase our resilience and happiness and reverse burnout by embracing a few simple principles—Gratitude, Acceptanc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout GAIN GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals Greg Hammer physician burnout physician wellness Source Type: blogs

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Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
On today’s show, Gabe talks with Dr. Jessi Gold, a self-described misinformation crusader.  In addition to being a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Gold’s career has focused on writing about mental health and mental illness for a lay audience. Join us as Gabe and Dr. Jessi talk about common sources of psychiatric misinformation, the perils of the supplement industry, how mental health and mental illness are often portrayed incorrectly in the popular media, and why she decided to pursue a very specific type of writing career. SUBSCRIBE &REVIEW Guest information for ‘Dr. Jessi’ Podcast Episode...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Health-related Interview Mental Health and Wellness Podcast Psychiatry Psychology The Psych Central Show Women's Issues Source Type: blogs
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Source: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
Discussion Human trafficking is estimated to be the second largest criminal activity in the world after illegal arms trafficking. It affects all nations with an estimated 27 million people of all ages worldwide but only a small number are identified. It is defined by the United Nations as “the recruitment, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercions, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power, or a position of vulnerability to achieve the consent of a person, having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” It includes comme...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell People often ask me how I deal with tragedy and loss. I have experienced what many would say is an abundance of both. Yet I remain resilient, optimistic and happy with my life. I’m happy to share my thoughts here on what works for me. Maybe it will help others as well. A 2018 study found that serious loneliness spans across human lifetime, with particularly acute periods in the late-20s, mid-50s, and late-80s. The study also found that wisdom serves as a protective factor for loneliness.1 Behaviors that define wisdom incl...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Grief and Loss Personal Self-Help Coping Skills grieving Source Type: blogs
When a doctor in your hospital system kills himself, the entire medical staff receives a mass email informing everyone of “Dr. So-and-So’s sudden unexpected death”. Thoughts and prayers for his family and loved ones. Perhaps a link to your Employee Assistance Program is provided, for those who may need counseling or grief assistance.  This is followed later that day with another email detailing the schedule for the final arrangements. Calling hours. Funeral. Directions to the church.Not everyone will have known the physician. So most scan the email and then go about thei...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: blogs
Authors: Bolton LT Abstract Dear Readers, Itching (pruritus) of a wound, scar, or dermatologic disorder can negatively impact a patient's quality of life, resulting in injurious scratching1 or impeded rehabilitation.2 Like pain, itch can cause the su erer to lose sleep and appetite or even consider suicide.3,4 Clinical measures of pruritus have proved reliable and valid in individuals with burn wounds, dermatologic conditions, or urticaria5-7 or resulting scars,2 allowing studies to clarify its impact on human experience and compare the e ects of interventions to reduce itching. This Evidence Corner explores the e ...
Source: Wounds - Category: General Medicine Tags: Wounds Source Type: research
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a " discussion blog " , comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethi...
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs
Lots of people have asked me why I chose to take my college courses online. I used to tell them the same thing every time, “I was having some medical issues and couldn’t deal with on-campus classes back then.” What I didn’t tell them, though, was that those “medical issues” were months of crippling depression for which I was being treated with tri-weekly sessions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Because of the stigma, I used to avoid talking about my experience with ECT out of fear of being judged. Now, because of the stigma, I use my experience to educate those who still think ECT is...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Antidepressants Caregivers Children and Teens Depression Disorders ECT General Medications Memory and Perception Personal Stories Suicide Bipolar Disorder college Electroconvulsive Therapy Mental Illness Stigma Suicide Atte Source Type: news
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Source: vactruth.com - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Augustina Ursino Human Top Stories National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) vaccine court Vaccine Death VAERS Source Type: blogs
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