New Collaborative Launched to Combat Physician Burnout

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is launching an action collaborative to promote clinician well-being and combat physician burnout.

More than 20 professional and educational organizations have committed to the NAM-led initiative. The collaborative plans to identify priorities and efforts to support evidence-based solutions and multidisciplinary approaches that will prevent and reverse trends in clinician stress and burnout.

“It’s disturbing that so many clinicians are stressed out and overwhelmed, but even more so when we consider the impact on patients and society,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, chair of the initiative. “Addressing this problem will require individual, organizational, and systems-level reform. The NAM is committed to leading this collaborative effort in finding workable solutions that will ultimately benefit us all.”

According to NAM, about 400 physicians commit suicide each year, and physicians have twice the risk of burnout compared with other physicians.

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