Physicians are naturally high achievers. They endure years of grueling education and post-graduate training, often at the expense of other areas of their life. This intrinsic will to help others and succeed extends throughout their practice, which, we are learning, can contribute to physician burnout.
February 17, 2021
In the 1920s, radios were used to communicate medical advice to clinics on ships. Thirty years later, two Pennsylvania physicians exchanged radiologic images through telephone lines. A little more than 20 years ago, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Health Board created the Village Telemedicine Project to provide telemedicine equipment to four regional hospitals and 20 village clinics to benefit Alaska Native people.
Probably one of the industries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is healthcare. Physicians and nurses are working endless hours to treat patients, and hospitals and health systems are trying to ramp up their testing capabilities for the influx of people who suspect they have the new coronavirus.
June 15, 2020
Do you remember the last time you had an extensive conversation with your primary care physician about your overall health? No? Me, either. As you know from your line of work, many doctors are so busy these days with administrative tasks and reporting to CMS for reimbursement.
May 11, 2020
Tips for Healthcare Professionals to Decrease Stress During the Pandemic
You already know that many physicians experience burnout due to their chosen profession. We’ve covered in previous blogs how they report it at rates two times greater than non-physician working adults and that the issue costs the healthcare industry between $500,000-$1 million per doctor. In addition, it’s been directly linked to an array of problems, including decreased patient satisfaction and care quality, physician alcohol and drug abuse and addiction and high malpractice risk and physician and staff turnover.
Those of you who work in a physician practice know burnout is real. Many doctors in the United States put in an average of 40-60 hours per week. In fact, these medical professionals report burnout at rates two times greater than non-physician working adults. Tragically, approximately 300-400 doctors annually commit suicide, a rate more than double that of the general population.