Q: I recently took over as Chief Medical Officer. One of my priorities will be to address the growing issue of physician burnout we are experiencing within our organization. The first challenge is knowing where to begin the conversation?
A: Start with some familiar territory. We all know how good it feels to help patients - but. You might wonder if connecting to patients can actually improve our sense of purpose and reduce symptoms of burnout? A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has done a nice job establishing this relationship. The findings tell a story of how physicians reduced symptoms of burnout when they concentrated on connecting with patients.
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