Resources from the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
Clinician Well-Being During COVID-19
In the face of the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying global public health emergency, the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience must acknowledge the toll that the current crisis is taking on the well-being of clinicians. We know that the health care and public health community needs our support as they navigate the difficult challenges arising in this unprecedented moment. We have therefore compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Supporting Professional Well-Being
Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Supporting Professional Well-Being is a Consensus Study Report that calls upon leaders in health care organizations and health professions educational institutions as well as within the government and industry to prioritize major improvements in clinical work and learning environments in all settings, and for all disciplines to prevent and mitigate clinician burnout and foster professional well-being for the overall health of clinicians, patients, and the nation.
Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being
The Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being is a collection designed to highlight tools that are ready to be deployed and strategies to address systems issues related to health care worker burnout. The curated list of well-being resources is meant to help health care workers and leaders along their journey of providing much-needed support to caregivers. Resources are organized into six essential elements: 1) advancing organizational commitment, 2) strengthening leadership behaviors, 3) conducting workplace assessments, 4) examining policies and practices, 5) enhancing workplace efficiency, and 6) cultivating a culture of connection and support.
Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub
The Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub is a comprehensive resource repository for those seeking to promote clinician well-being at their organizations and in their personal lives. The repository contains peer-reviewed research, personal stories, toolkits, presentations, blog posts and other resources that health system administrators and clinicians can use to build a better system that helps clinicians thrive.
These case studies highlight organizational initiatives that have demonstrated success in supporting well-being and reducing burnout among practicing clinicians, trainees, and/or students. The case studies are intended to inform and inspire organizations facing similar challenges and seeking similar outcomes. Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution for clinician well-being, techniques and resources described in the case studies may provide a useful starting point for other groups.
Validated Instruments to Assess Work-Related Dimensions of Well-Being
A key organizational strategy to improving clinician well-being is to measure it, develop and implement interventions, and then re-measure it. A variety of dimensions of clinician well-being can be measured including burnout, engagement, and professional satisfaction. Click below for a summary of established tools to measure work-related dimensions of well-being. Each tool has advantages and disadvantages and some are more appropriate for specific populations or settings.
Conceptual Model – Factors Affecting Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
This conceptual model depicts the factors associated with clinician well-being and resilience; applies these factors across all health care professions, specialties, settings, and career stages; and emphasizes the link between clinician well-being and outcomes for clinicians, patients, and the health system. The model should be used to understand well-being, rather than as a diagnostic or assessment tool. The model will be revised as the field develops and more information becomes available.
Expressions of Clinician Well-Being
Expressions of Clinician Well-Being is an art exhibit that collects insights directly from clinicians, patients, loved ones, and organizations working to prevent burnout and promote well-being. By allowing people to creatively express their experiences with burnout, this gallery captures critical moments in the journey to well-being.
We hope this art will offer an entry point for conversations that can be difficult to have and shed light on the joys and challenges experienced by so many. We hope that the stories captured through this art will allow you to more fully understand why clinician well-being is so essential to the vitality of our health system.
- Op-Ed: We need a national strategy to help health workers recover from the stress of the pandemic (Los Angeles Times)
- Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being
- National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience podcast (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)
- Do you know what’s in the landmark report on Clinician Burnout from the National Academy of Medicine? podcast (MissingLogic, LLC)
- Making the Case for the Chief Wellness Officer in America’s Health Systems (Health Affairs)
- To Care is Human: Collectively Confronting the Clinician Burnout Crisis (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Related Perspectives from the National Academies