Building Physician Resilience

Published in Canadian Family Physician, the following article explores the dimensions of family physician resilience using in-depth interviews with family physicians that were audiotaped and transcribed.Four main aspects of physician resilience were identified: 1) attitudes and perspectives, which include valuing the physician role, maintaining interest, developing self-awareness, and accepting personal limitations; 2) balance and prioritization, which include setting limits, taking effective approaches to continuing professional development, and honoring the self;3) practice management style, which includes sound business management, having good staff, and using effective practice arrangements; and 4) supportive relations, which include positive personal relationships, effective professional relationships, and good communication. The authors conclude that resilience is a dynamic, evolving process of positive attitudes and effective strategies.

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