Physician Burnout Pervasive: 1 in 2 Internists Affected
How to prevent the problem from worsening, and dissuading more students from choosing medicine for a career and in pushing older doctors to retire early or go into non-clinical medical professions is the challenge, West says.
He says that he and his co-authors feel strongly that numerous segments of society need to accept responsibility to fix the practice of medicine, from academic teaching institutions, to administrators, to those who impose paperwork requirements that doctors see as overwhelming.
"We need to figure out better ways to help physicians remember why they got into medicine in the first place, and to understand that the (mantra of the) culture of medicine that we're all invincible is flawed. We all need to understand that physicians are human.
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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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