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Provider Burnout

 

Physician suicide is an epidemic, burnout is on the rise, and depression goes undiagnosed and untreated because physicians do not ask for help.  So what do they do?  They self medicate, they drink, take drugs, have risky sex, and go down a slippery slope that many do not ever come up from.  

Physician burnout, suicide and depression is not an isolated condition.  Over a million patients loose their provider to suicide each YEAR.  Some patients never know the truth.  The rate of physician suicide has been described as loosing a medical school each year.  Burnout causes suffering and a lack of recovery from the day to day events in medicine including medical school.  Mistakes are made at a higher rate, physicians become disengaged and the staff is quite aware of this problem.  As I said before, depression, whether genetically predisposed or created through the process of becoming or being a physician, is taboo.  Physicians are trained to be tough, push through it and sometimes, it is too much to handle!  

How may positive psychology help?  Many ways!  First let me say that there is a local and national awareness of physician burnout, suicide and depression and help is on the way via AMA, NIH, leaders in healthcare systems and medical boards.  The AMA, Stanford and Mayo have initiated the 2017 American Conference on Physician Health, a sold out event, to be held this week in San Francisco.  I will be there.  The bad news is that physicians will get worse before getting better.  We have trained (some say beat in) a mental disposition of toughness and cynicism and it will take a systematic approach to being the joy back into medicine.

Medical students, residents, and practicing physicians are busy.  Many don't know how to make life better.  That would take time and effort.  Positive psychology research has found many behaviors such as meditation, gratitude journals, volunteering, breathing and .... click here for more.  My plan is to create a depository of resources on this site.

Remember, small steps have big results.  One does not have to make a huge life style change, you do not need to quit school or a practice.  Just begin in the morning, maybe while chugging that first glass of water,  with thinking about three good things that happened the day before.  Write a gratitude journal just before going to sleep.  These simple tasks help to focus on what is going well and soon, you will find how a negative event becomes tolerable as you begin to see the positive.  

Barriers to flourishing in medicine

Leaders in medicine with a commitment to lifestyle medicine including positive psychology interventions met in Austin TX, in a think tank format, to discuss how the science of flourishing benefits physicians and patients.  https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/summit

It is no longer enough to fight to extinguish physician burnout, depression and suicide.  Physicians should flourish but the very science that could help these healers has not been realized or embraced.  Discussion with those in the trenches reveals many reasons for this phenomenon.  Some say they are too busy and the science is too soft.  One medical student that studied positive psychology at PENN said:

 I do think if PP interventions and theory were part of medical training, we'd have much more buy-in and success at making medicine a more positive field. I think there needs to both an adoption of personal self-care practices among physicians (That they can master themselves and then translate to patients) as well a larger paradigm shift in the field toward HEALTH PROMOTION rather than an exclusive focus on disease treatment. However, health is much harder to measure than disease and we've been focused on disease for centuries..... 

 

 

Positive Medicine

Hello All!

Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am a physician assistant who is passionate about providing compassionate and evidence based care for my patients.   Well, I have added a new dimension to my career by studying positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania over the past few months.  My plan initially was to create a tool box for providers, this would include doctors and physician assistants, in caring for patients with scientifically validated tools in positive psychology.  One such tool might be a gratitude diary.  Research has revealed better health and improvement in our relationships as we look to what is working well.  Unfortunately the complex of health care is not appearing ready quite yet so more on that later.  My focus is to plant seeds in the medical community and see what sprouts.  

What I have found is physician interest in well-being and prevention of burn out.  I gave a talk to emergency physicians recently that was very well received and plan to continue with this route.  

As I set up this web page, I am actively finishing a difficult year in the masters of applied positive psychology or MAPP as it is better known.  

My plan in this blog is to stay connected, provide leading research and promote my coaching business.

There will eventually be plenty of resources on this site and I will see how I may fit blogging once or twice a month into my life.  

So, thanks for reading and more to come

Please leave feedback and I will respond as quickly as possible.  

Happy Kathi

 

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Barriers to flourishing in medicine

Leaders in medicine with a commitment to lifestyle medicine including positive psychology interventions met in Austin TX, in a think tank format, to discuss how the science of flourishing benefits physicians and patients.  https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/summit

It is no longer enough to fight to extinguish physician burnout, depression and suicide.  Physicians should flourish but the very science that could help these healers has not been realized or embraced.  Discussion with those in the trenches reveals many reasons for this phenomenon.  Some say they are too busy and the science is too soft.  One medical student that studied positive psychology at PENN said:

 I do think if PP interventions and theory were part of medical training, we'd have much more buy-in and success at making medicine a more positive field. I think there needs to both an adoption of personal self-care practices among physicians (That they can master themselves and then translate to patients) as well a larger paradigm shift in the field toward HEALTH PROMOTION rather than an exclusive focus on disease treatment. However, health is much harder to measure than disease and we've been focused on disease for centuries..... 

 

 

Positive Medicine

Hello All!

Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am a physician assistant who is passionate about providing compassionate and evidence based care for my patients.   Well, I have added a new dimension to my career by studying positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania over the past few months.  My plan initially was to create a tool box for providers, this would include doctors and physician assistants, in caring for patients with scientifically validated tools in positive psychology.  One such tool might be a gratitude diary.  Research has revealed better health and improvement in our relationships as we look to what is working well.  Unfortunately the complex of health care is not appearing ready quite yet so more on that later.  My focus is to plant seeds in the medical community and see what sprouts.  

What I have found is physician interest in well-being and prevention of burn out.  I gave a talk to emergency physicians recently that was very well received and plan to continue with this route.  

As I set up this web page, I am actively finishing a difficult year in the masters of applied positive psychology or MAPP as it is better known.  

My plan in this blog is to stay connected, provide leading research and promote my coaching business.

There will eventually be plenty of resources on this site and I will see how I may fit blogging once or twice a month into my life.  

So, thanks for reading and more to come

Please leave feedback and I will respond as quickly as possible.  

Happy Kathi

 

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