Health systems battle ‘epidemic’ of physician burnout

From the Coloradan:

In this era of electronic medical records and instant communication, where doctors can work from anywhere, the Greeley oncologist can check test results, read patients’ emails, prescribe medicine or review treatment plans well into the night after already working a full day in his clinic.

The very tools designed to create more flexibility for doctors may be leading to an “epidemic” in physician burnout and an exodus away from the profession.

A group of medical centers and organizations including the American Medical Association recently created the Charter on Physician Well-Being as a catalyst to address the growing problem of physician burnout.

AMA President David Barbe said in a statement “the mounting burdens of the modern health care delivery system are taking a toll on physicians by contributing to the growing problem of work-induced burnout and emotional fatigue.”

The AMA, he said, “is committed to restoring joy in medicine.”

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