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Beating Burnout: Tips from a Rural Clinical Team

By Corey Martin, MD, and Christy Secor, RN, MSN, Buffalo Hospital

Corey Martin

Physician burnout is a topic increasingly recognized as a problem facing health care, having implications on quality of patient care and quality of life for ourselves and our colleagues. How we approach this as organized medicine, health systems,and individuals is extremely important.

Multiple studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of American physicians experience feelings of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased job satisfaction. Studies indicate physicians experiencing burnout have decreased levels of professionalism, poorer quality outcomes, and an increased risk for medical errors. Burnout also contributes to strained relationships at work and at home, increased rates of alcohol use, thoughts of suicide, and is leading physicians to leave the workforce at younger ages.

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