While physicians invest most of their days in caring for patients, there is much room for improvement in the care of physicians in today’s healthcare climate. Symptoms of burnout are nearly twice as common among physicians as other US workers. There is much to be done to improve the work environment and processes that damage physician well-being.
In today’s research dose, we feature a new Mayo Clinic study which shows that professional coaching of physicians is a potentially effective intervention to improve physician well-being. The authors report that physicians who completed six private sessions with a professional coach showed significant decreases in emotional exhaustion and overall burnout, in addition to increases in quality of life and resilience. These results offer hope for physicians—as well as a new avenue of meaningful work for coaches.
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