How to Fix Burnout: Give Docs a Better Workplace
How do you solve the physician burnout problem? Don’t teach doctors to meditate — fix their working conditions instead, Rushika Fernandopulle, founder of Iora Health, said here Monday.
“It’s not hard as a practicing primary care doctor in a typical system to realize your life is bleak,” Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, CEO of Iora Health in Boston, said at U.S. News & World Report’s annual Healthcare of Tomorrow conference. “We talk about physician burnout and the solutions make me upset, when they say ‘We need to teach resilience.’ No, we have to fix the freaking job. Don’t teach them how to meditate; fix the job. That’s what we do.” Fernandopulle’s company opens primary care practices that are reimbursed only on a value-based payment model, and also employs health coaches to help patients stick to their care plans….
How workplace resilience impacts individuals, teams and firms
If you are reading this, you have a 100% success rate of getting through bad days. But how do we get through these bad days? What keeps us from not giving up? The answer is resilience, the ability to positively adapt when faced with adversity. The term, which originated from the Latin word resilire (to leap back), is more than a popular buzzword as it provides us with the ability to deal with stress. Individuals who are resilient see adversity as a challenge, compared to non-resilient individuals who consider it as a threat.
Resilience has been explained in many ways which has led to confusion. Some consider it as the ability to rise above challenges, for example. Others view it as maintaining the same level of functioning in the face of adversity and some see it as being able to bounce back to baseline wellbeing or health after experiencing trauma. Adversity is a core element of resilience but there are…