Burnout is a major psychological and physical health-related problem for workers in all fields, but especially for those in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of healthcare. Burnout has severe consequences for patients, including medical error, and is a leading contributing cause of depression and suicide among healthcare workers. Organizational science is just beginning to be applied in earnest to physician burnout and patient safety, and holds several potential keys to addressing these concerns. The Burned Out Physician is for two groups: healthcare workers (especially physicians) and patients. Physicians will use this book to get an accurate picture of what they are experiencing and how to change it, and patients will use this book to see what their healthcare providers are experiencing and learn how to help and/or protect themselves. The volume includes a checklist of burnout symptoms, and crucially a list of solutions as part of an active effort to solve the burnout crisis.
Preface; 1. The psychology of burnout; 2. The burned out physician; 3. Medical error: types; 4. Medical error: sources; 5. Addressing the crisis: how-to strategies starting with the individual; 6. Solution #2: engage in self-care; 7. Solution #3: social support; 8. Solution #4: follow the advice you would give patients; 9. Solution #5: effective team leadership; 10. Solution #6: collaborating team members; 11. Solution #7: establishing and sustaining a positive team culture; 12. Solution #8: changes in workflow in organizations; 13. Solution #9: changes in management practices in local healthcare system top leaders; 14. Solution #10: changes in overall healthcare system processes; 15. Solution #11: changes in national healthcare; 16. Saving the burned out physician.