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Charter on Physician Well-being.

Thomas LR, Ripp JA, West CP. Charter on Physician Well-being. JAMA. 2018;319(15):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1331.

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April 11, 2018
Thomas LR, Ripp JA, West CP. JAMA. 2018;319:1541-1542.

Clinician burnout is a growing concern with known patient safety implications. This commentary describes a charter for health care organizations to prioritize physician well-being in order to preserve quality and safety of patient care. The charter includes elements known to contribute to safety, such as a positive work culture and leadership engagement. The authors call for reducing time spent on documentation and administration, consistent with prior studies. A related editorial emphasizes the importance of the physician–patient relationship in creating meaning and joy in physician work. A previous PSNet interview and perspective discussed the relationship between physician professional satisfaction and patient safety.

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Thomas LR, Ripp JA, West CP. Charter on Physician Well-being. JAMA. 2018;319(15):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1331.