Physician viewpoint: 8 commitments your organization should make to reduce burnout

Hospitals and health systems can combat physician and staff burnout by endorsing the Charter on Physician Well-Being, which lists eight recommendations to improve physician well-being, according to a study published in JAMA Network and cited by an American Medical Association post.

Physicians Larissa Thomas, MD, Johnathan Ripp, MD, and Colin West, MD, PhD, developed the recommendations. The group of physicians has been committed to reducing physician burnout.

In the article, the physicians note that governing bodies, policymakers, medical organizations and individual physicians all share responsibility to promote meaningful engagement.

Here is the breakdown of the eight commitments:

Social commitments

  • Foster a trustworthy and supportive culture in medicine.
  • Advocate for policies that enhance well-being.

Organizational commitments:

  • Build supportive systems.
  • Develop engaged leadership.
  • Optimize highly functioning interprofessional teams.

Interpersonal and individual commitments:

  • Anticipate and respond to inherent emotional challenges of physician work.
  • Promote mental healthcare.
  • Practice and promote selfcare.

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