Physician Burnout: It’s Time to Take Care of Our Own
Physician burnout impacts nearly half of all seasoned physicians and up to 75% of physicians in training. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a constellation of symptoms including:
- Emotional exhaustion or anxiety
- Depersonalization or feeling disconnected
- Loss of perspective that work is meaningful
In combination with being caregivers at work, those physicians who have substantial caregiving demands at home may be especially vulnerable to burnout.
If you are experiencing symptoms of burnout, you are not alone! However, physicians are taught to ignore their basic human needs and to remain competent under highly stressful conditions. As a result of the stigma associated with asking for help for emotional problems, doctors wait too long to seek treatment.
The UNC program, Taking Care of Our Own: Support for Physician Mental Health and Wellness, directed by psychiatrist Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., provides evaluation, psychoeducation and offers multiple different forms of mental health treatment that include evidence based therapies for burnout, depression and anxiety – all within a confidential and supportive setting. The program has a comprehensive referral base of providers who have experience caring for physicians with burnout syndrome.
View an excerpt Dr. Meltzer-Brody’s blog.
Integrated Emotional Support Program
Providing Emotional Support for Caregiver Event-Related Trauma In the wake of adverse patient events, many healthcare professionals experience caregiver event-related trauma.
The Integrated Emotional Support Program is designed to connect healthcare professionals with emotional support resources, including 1:1 peer support, after adverse patient outcomes. The emotional distress that may be experienced after these events can impact performance, patient safety and quality of care delivery, ability to work in a team, patient satisfaction, retention and absenteeism.
The Integrated Emotional Support Program is available to healthcare professionals at UNC Hospitals who provide direct patient care OR those who make decisions that directly impact patient outcomes. This includes physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, techs, and therapists.