Burnout is defined as a loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment. Recent estimates are that more than 50% of all US physicians are experiencing serious symptoms of burnout. Monthly essays in the Journal of the American Medical Association, along with a host of books written by health care professionals, poignantly describe the real-life experience behind those statistics.
Our pioneering approach is based on both evidenced-based research, and the anecdotal contributions that bring life to the statistics. Both vividly demonstrate that one of the most powerful components of resilience among people who work in highly stressful human services is their connection to colleagues – based on a shared sense of calling and commitment.
For those who wish to learn more, here is a short list of papers that will provide an introduction to the topic.
“Physician Burnout, Well-being, and Work Unity Safety Grades in Relationship to Medical Errors”, D.S. Tawfik et al, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, June 2018.
“Physician Burnout: Contributors, Consequences, and Solutions”, C.P. West et al, Journal of Internal Medicine, Vol. 283, March 2018
“Association Between Physician Burnout and Identification with Medicine as a Calling”, A.J. Jager et al, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 92, Issue 3, March 2017.
“Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2014”, T.D. Shanafelt et al, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 90, Issue 12, Dec. 2015
“Intervention to Promote Physician Well-Being, Job Satisfaction and Professionalism: A Random Clinical Trial”, Colin P. West et al, JAMA Internal Medicine, Vol. 175, Number 4, April 2014.
“Emotional Resilience in the Help Professions and How it can be Enhanced”, L. Grant and G. Kinman, Health and Social Care Education, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014.