About the book
There is a growing recognition of mental and physical stressors, obligations, and levels of clinical accountability and responsibilities. The changing healthcare environment, especially with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, has shifted the interactions between physicians, administrators, electronic medical record systems, billing, and management of patients. The consequences of these changing dynamics are clearly having an impact on the overall well-being of providers. These issues are further challenged by an aging, sicker, and more demanding population. However, the objective consequences and opportunities for short and long-term management of this growing and complex problem are still being defined.
The goals of this book are to outline the history of physician burnout, including the spectrum of definitions and pathologies, along with current thoughts on consequences (for patients, physicians, and the healthcare system overall), and strategies for management, treatment, and improving work-life integration. Prevention and opportunities to improve the healthcare system for all are also encouraged to be discussed.