Physicians are people too. They work long hours and meet with many different personalities. This can take a toll on both the body and mind. This isn’t a new discovery to the medical profession but this is a rising trend. A trend that has seen double digit growth between 2013 and 2015.
A recent study shows that family doctor burnout between 2013 and 2015 has grown 33%. While some might see this as a troubling trend for doctors, it’s also worrisome for those on the patient side. What type of care will the patient be receiving? Is it adequate and done in a friendly fashion? These are all factors the can be the result of physician burnout.
How do hospitals slow burnout?
First thing is first, identify that you have a problem. Spotting the warning signs of physician burnout can help slow the process. Some of those warning signs are:
Emotional Exhaustion – Doctors are become completely worn out and cannot, at all, recover during their down time.
Distanct Patient Meetings – When doctors start seeing patients more and more, and are on the cusp of burnout, they tend to become distant and not as personal as they once were.
Confidence drop – A doctor can experience low career self-esteem. A dminished faith in their skill set can lead to bigger problems in and outside of the hopsital
Congrats! You found the signs of Physician Burnout. Now what?
Just like with any employee experiencing anytime type of mental burnout let them know you are behind them 100%. Take them aside and ask them if they need help or what you can do to eleviate some of the effects. Some businesses have taken to provding mindful awareness classes. Mindful Awareness is tthe art of paying attention to the present moment. It is sort of a meditation technique with out the humming.