Physician Burnout: Shedding Light on a Serious Issue

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From left to right: Mark Ropiecki; Wayne Teris, MD; Paul DeChant, MD

Burnout is nearly twice as prevalent among healthcare providers as other U.S. workers, affecting at least half of physicians. Every day, on average, a U.S. physician commits suicide, a rate almost twice that of the general population. Physician burnout and depression adversely affects healthcare workers, patients, families, and the community at large.

“Burnout among health care providers has reached epidemic proportions and requires a truly urgent response,” shares Wayne C. Teris, MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer at Care Compass Network. “We at Care Compass Network, recognizing the negative effect burnout has on the lives of our clinicians and their patients, are dedicated to providing community wide support to healthcare leaders and clinicians across our region so all can engage in tackling this vital issue together.”

Helping to bring this issue to light and support the healthcare community across the Southern Tier, Care Compass Network hosted their 2nd burnout workshop this year on Thursday, November 8th, bringing in nationally recognized speaker, Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, Deputy Chief Health Officer with IBM Watson Health. Dr. DeChant has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in medical group leadership, as well as expertise in Lean Management and preventing physician burnout.

Over 100 physicians, APP’s, administrators and their significant others from across our 9-county region attended the workshop. Dr. DeChant provided several proven techniques and step-by-step methods to reduce administrative hassle and how to empower staff to solve problems quickly and effectively.

In the continual effort to raise awareness of burnout among healthcare providers, Care Compass Network is providing for administration of the Maslach Burnout Toolkit to all physicians and APP’s in our region. This evidence-based measure of burnout and work-life context will provide individualized recommendations to each clinician as well as institutional recommendations to each healthcare system. In addition, Care Compass Network will continue to sponsor ongoing educational support and workshops specific to this important issue.