Relieving ED Physician Burnout
By: General Devices
Reports show physician burnout is on the rise year after year. A burnout (https://www.ahrq.gov/
What Causes ED Physician Burnout?
According to an article published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Other factors contributing to burnout include long and inconsistent working hours, with little to no control over when you work and who you see during these hours, working with difficult patients, a poor work-life balance, and loss of autonomy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Let's Focus on Preventing ED Physician Burnout
Too many physicians experience symptoms of burnout, and the time has come to focus on the preventative measures.
One way is finding the right balance of work and leisure life. Emergency Medicine is fast-paced and high-stakes, demanding physical and mental vigor. Physicians should be more mindful about supporting their physical wellbeing through adequate sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
ED and hospital leaders should advocate for effective and efficient electronic medical records and ordering systems so physicians aren't shackled to computers for the majority of their shifts.
There are other preventative measures ED physicians can take such as learning when to say no and suggesting someone better suited for the same job, not being so hard on themselves for medical errors, which leads to increased anxiety for future errors, or finding a "failure friend," who understands the context and can reciprocate their emotions as well.
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