National Academy of Medicine Launches Resource Center Addressing Physician Burnout

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) launched the Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, a comprehensive repository housing resources to combat physician burnout. The Knowledge Hub includes information on causes of clinician burnout; its consequences for health-care professionals, patients, and their families; and innovative approaches that organizations can take to promote clinician well-being.

More than 50 percent of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms of burnout, which is characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work.

The initiative has three goals: improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being; raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout; and promote evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.

“Our hope is that the Knowledge Hub will not only elevate promising solutions, but will encourage leaders to critically think about how burnout affects their organizations and to implement the solutions that are right for them,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau, MD.

The Knowledge Hub is part of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, of which ASH is a network organization. NAM launched the Action Collaborative in 2017 with a commitment to reverse trends in clinician burnout.

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Source: National Academy of Medicine press release, March 22, 2018.