Physician Distress: What to Look for and How to Help

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Healthcare leaders, physicians and their colleagues should be on the lookout for any distress signals physicians may be showing and look to address them early.

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The pressures physicians can experience manifest widely, with some outcomes being depression, burnout, second victim syndrome, PTSD and the most tragic, physician suicide. How can you as a healthcare leader help support your physicians and combat serious distress among them?

In this article, V. Simon Mittal, MD, MMM, Physician Consultant at VITAL WorkLife, provides an overview of the wide range of concerns for physicians and the importance of early identification. He also examines what administrators should look for at an org level, what colleagues should look for in their peers and how to approach them, as well as what physicians should notice about themselves. Most importantly he details the importance of fostering a culture of care, and solutions to help address physicians' well being concerns and ultimately combat them.

Download our article, Physician Distress: What to Look for and How to Help, by V. Simon Mittal, MD, MMM, Physician Consultant at VITAL WorkLife, to learn more about these crucially important and effective ways to support your clinicians.