Medical group publishes 8-step charter to address physician burnout

The Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine published an eight-step framework in JAMA March 29 to help healthcare organizations develop policies and regulations that address physician burnout.

The Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine comprises medical educators, academic leaders and wellness researchers from across the U.S. It's co-chaired by healthcare leaders from New York City-based Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and San Francisco-based UCSF School of Medicine.

The American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges both voiced their support for the group's framework, called "The Charter on Physician Well-Being," according to a March 29 statement from Mount Sinai.

Here are the eight steps outlined in the charter, divided into three major areas of focus.

Societal commitments

1. Foster a trustworthy and supportive culture in medicine

2. Advocate for policies that enhance physician well-being

Organizational commitments

3. Build supportive systems

4. Develop engaged leadership

5. Establish highly-functioning interprofessional teams

Interpersonal and individual commitments

6. Anticipate and respond to inherent emotional challenges of physician work

7. Prioritize mental healthcare

8. Practice and promote self-care

"Physicians who are well can best serve their patients," the charter reads. "Although evidence to support some of the recommendations in this charter is still emerging, medical organizations, regulatory groups and individual physicians share a responsibility to support these needs."

To access The Charter on Physician Well-Being, click here.

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