Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care.
However, clinicians of all kinds, across all specialties and care settings, are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Among the most telling of statistics, more than 50 percent of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization (i.e., cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work.
Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to—in the most extreme cases—medical error and clinician suicide. On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. In other words, when we invest in clinician well-being, everyone wins.
Supporting clinician well-being requires sustained attention and action at organizational, state, and national levels, as well as investment in research and information-sharing to advance evidence-based solutions.
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In 2017, the National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 50 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. The Collaborative has three goals:
- Improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being;
- Raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout; and
- Elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.
The Action Collaborative is composed of four working groups that will meet over the course of two years to identify evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being at both the individual and systems levels. Products and activities of these four working groups include an online knowledge hub, a series of NAM Perspectives discussion papers, an all-encompassing conceptual model that reflects the domains affecting clinician well-being, and a common set of definitions.
Action Collaborative Leadership
Victor Dzau, chair
Darrell Kirch, co-chair
Thomas Nasca, co-chair
Action Collaborative Working Groups
Please click here to view members of our four working groups.
National Call for Commitment Statements – Over 130 Received!
Over 130 organizations have formally committed to promoting clinician well-being and combating burnout. Read the statements >>
The National Academy of Medicine is still looking for additional organizations to commit, with us, to supporting clinician well-being. Consider sharing your organization’s commitment to improving clinician well-being and reducing clinician burnout by submitting a commitment statement and becoming a network organization of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. To submit a commitment statement, please click here.
Registration Now Open! February 2, 2018 Webinar
Join the Action Collaborative for a free lunchtime webinar on February 2, 2018. The webinar will release several resources and provide a first look at an online repository that will provide users with resources related to clinician burnout and well-being. Register for the webinar>>
Calling on People to Express Clinician Well-Being Through Art!
The National Academy of Medicine is calling on artists of all kinds to explore what clinician burnout, clinician well-being, and clinician resilience looks, feels, and sounds like to people across the country.
Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Webinar: Presentation of Resources and Online Repository | February 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018, the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience will host a webinar from 1:30 – 2:30pm EST to release several resources and provide a first look at an online repository aimed at providing users with resources related to clinician burnout and promising solutions to promote clinician well-being. Register >>
Although burnout, depression, and suicide in nurses are beginning to be recognized as a significant threat to our health care system, we cannot report the rate at which nurses die by suicide because this data is not accurately tracked. We also know through first-hand accounts that nurse suicide is rarely discussed and not often addressed institutionally. In our new discussion paper, the authors share their insights and the insights of those who have been personally affected by the loss of a colleague, relative, or friend in an effort to encourage formal tracking of data on nurse suicide, as well as focus attention on this critical issue. Read the discussion paper>>
The US health care system is rapidly changing in an effort to deliver better care, improve health, and lower costs while providing care for an aging population with high rates of chronic disease and co-morbidities. Among the changes affecting clinical practice are new payment and delivery approaches, electronic health records, patient portals, and publicly reported quality metrics—all of which change the landscape of how care is provided, documented, and reimbursed. Navigating these changes are health care professionals (HCPs), whose daily work is critical to the success of health care improvement. Unfortunately, as a result of these changes and resulting added pressures, many HCPs are burned out, a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and high depersonalization (i.e., cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment from work. Read the discussion paper >>
Additional NAM Publications Related to Clinician Well-Being
The National Academy of Medicine has published numerous discussion paper and commentaries related to clinician well-being and clinician burnout. To view all of the publications, please click here.
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We currently do not require additional formal sponsors of the collaborative, but we very much want all interested organizations to stay connected as supportive partners. You can join our efforts by becoming a Network Organization of the Action Collaborative.
Thank you for your commitment to clinician well-being.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education | Commitment Statement
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education | Commitment Statement
Aetna| Commitment Statement
Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers | Commitment Statement
American Academy of Family Physicians | Commitment Statement
American Academy of Neurology | Commitment Statement
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Commitment Statement
American Association of Osteopathic Medicine | Commitment Statement
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses | Commitment Statement
American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation | Commitment Statement
American Board of Medical Specialties | Commitment Statement
American College of Emergency Physicians | Commitment Statement
American College of Physicians | Commitment Statement
American College of Surgeons
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists | Commitment Statement
American Dental Education Association | Commitment Statement
American Hospital Association
American Medical Association | Commitment Statement
American Nurses Association | Commitment Statement
American Osteopathic Association | Commitment Statement
American Psychiatric Association | Commitment Statement
American Society of Anesthesiologists | Commitment Statement
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists | Commitment Statement
Association of American Medical Colleges (with support from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) | Commitment Statement
Council of Medical Specialty Societies | Commitment Statement
CRICO | Commitment Statement
Federation of State Medical Boards | Commitment Statement
IBM Watson Health | Commitment Statement
Johns Hopkins Medicine | Commitment Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine | Commitment Statement
Society of Neurological Surgeons | Commitment Statement