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. 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 on individual clinicians and learners, health care organizations, and patient care.
On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. 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.
In the face of the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation must acknowledge the toll that the crisis is taking on the well-being of clinicians. Health workers need support as they navigate the difficult challenges of the current moment and throughout the long-term effects of COVID-19.
We must take collective action to achieve health workforce well-being at this critical juncture for the U.S. health system. New National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being provides guidance and next steps to work with leaders in health care and public health, educational institutions for health professional, policymakers, health IT companies, payers, regulators, associations, and others involved to cultivate a health system to support care providers and optimize their well-being. Read the National Plan >>
About the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative
In 2017, the National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 200 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. The Clinician Well-Being Collaborative has three goals:
- Raise the visibility of clinician anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and suicide
- Improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being
- Advance evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions to improve patient care by caring for the caregiver
The Clinician Well-Being Collaborative is proud to have contributed to the movement to address burnout by convening, publishing, and shaping the national conversation along the priority areas of leadership engagement, breaking the culture of silence, organizational promising practices and metrics, workload and workflow, action on consensus report recommendations, and sustainability. The Clinician Well-Being Collaborative will continue to meet through 2022 to identify evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being at both the individual and systems levels. The NAM Clinician Well-Being Collaborative published a National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being on October 3.
Victor Dzau, Co-Chair
Darrell Kirch, Co-Chair
Vivek Murthy, Co-Chair
Thomas Nasca, Co-Chair
Anh Tran, Director
Farida Ahmed, Associate Program Officer
Catherine Colgan, Research Assistant
Kimber Bogard, Deputy Executive Officer, Programs
Samantha Phillips, Communications Officer
Resources from the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative
Recent Publication from the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative
National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being
Recognizing that the function of the U.S. health system is at stake, the NAM released the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being in October 2022 to drive collective action to strengthen health workforce well-being and restore the health of the nation. The National Plan calls on multiple actors – including health care and public health leaders, government, payers, industry, educators, and leaders in other sectors – to help drive policy and systems change.