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[Editorial] Physician burnout: the need to rehumanise health systems

02 Nov 2019

Medical training and clinical practice are continuously associated with stress—often welcomed and considered a positive motivating factor. However, the recently recognised triad of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and reduced professional efficacy, defined as burnout, questions the role of stress in clinical practice. Burnout has the propensity to put patient care at risk and has a detrimental effect on medical workforce retainment. A health-care system under pressure undoubtably contributes to professional burnout: long working hours, outdated and not fit-for-purpose technologies, and mounting documentation requirements shift the focus away from patient care, causing work–life imbalance, insufficient job resources, ineffective multidisciplinary teams, and a dismissive organisational culture.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet