It's time to look past physician burnout. We're not saying to stop caring about burnout or to stop working on it. But, just focusing on burnout is not enough anymore. It's time to start planning for recovery.
April 22 webinar: What does recovery look like? Addressing physician burnout in 2021
Despite concern about a fourth Covid-19 surge, there is cause for hope across the nation. We have three authorized vaccines with more in the works, vaccination rates are going up, and the weather is getting warmer—we may even have a semi-normal summer.
But, for physicians, this hope is tempered. Physician burnout was a widespread problem before Covid-19, with 44% of physicians reporting burnout in 2019. And over the last year, physicians have been through the metaphorical grinder as both professionals and people. Even if they weren't in the ICU on the front lines of the pandemic, physicians have faced acute isolation, concern for their safety, fear for their families, never-ending change, and financial insecurity they never expected. Burnout is more acute and more widespread than ever before, with 71% of physicians reporting burnout as of September 2020. But the challenge health care executives face is now bigger than professional burnout. It's a human challenge encompassing burnout, exhaustion, stress, fear, trauma, and more.
Physician leaders fear the bill has come due. They're rightly concerned that adding the impact of the past 12 months to the pre-Covid burnout crisis will be disastrous for the physician workforce—with many physicians leaving organizations or the profession entirely.
Right now, leaders have a short window to prevent an exodus if they prioritize, develop, and initiate a comprehensive recovery strategy. Rather than just deploying solutions to combat physician burnout, this strategic recovery should involve a plan for helping physicians at your organization heal—and not just from the past 12 months. To guide your recovery efforts, here are five lessons learned from physician executives already implementing comprehensive recovery plans.
Physician burnout was a top priority before 2020—and it’s a challenge that’s become even more widespread and acute in the wake of Covid-19. Join us on Thursday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET to learn how to build a comprehensive physician recovery strategy and what you can do today to help your team navigate the uncertainty ahead.
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