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Addressing physician stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue: the time has come
© Rosenstein; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013
- Received: 28 July 2013
- Accepted: 4 August 2013
- Published: 15 August 2013
Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue can have a significant adverse effect of physician well being and patient care. While the frequency and intensity of these negative influences appear to be increasing, there is little help available. We need to raise physician awareness as to the seriousness of this issue and at the same time gain a better understanding of some of the causative factors so we can provide the necessary support services that will enable our physicians to better adjust to the pressures and stresses of our health care environment and re-energize their zest and idealism for medical care.
This is a commentary on http://www.ijhpr.org/content/2/1/31.
- Work Life Balance
- Compassion Fatigue
- Health Care Payer
- Employee Assistance Program
- Compassion Satisfaction
Alan H. Rosenstein M.D. M.B.A. is a practicing Internist in San Francisco, CA, Medical Director of Clinical Efficiency and Care Management at ValleyCare Hospital in Pleasanton, CA, Medical Director of Physician Wellness Services, and a consultant in health care organizational and behavioral management.
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