The inevitability of physician burnout: implications for interventions.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Many health care professionals exhibit symptoms of burnout, and national studies have shown that approximately one-third of practicing physicians and nurses display hallmark symptoms of emotional exhaustion and diminished sense of personal accomplishment. This commentary explores how medical schools, organizational culture, and working while sick can contribute to physician burnout. The author advocates for a systematic bottom-up approach to address the problem.