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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Surgeon General Concerned About Physician Burnout

by Joyce Frieden
MedPage Today
Originally posted April 10, 2016

Here is an excerpt:

But in the months since he has taken office, a growing concern about emotional well-being emerged "from conversations I had with community members, and it is based on the science developed over the years that tells us emotional well-being is an important driver of health."

"People think that emotional well-being is something that happens to you -- things line up in your life, you have the right job, and your health is good, and [you are in] a happy family and in a good relationship and you're happy in your emotional life," he said. "But there's a growing body of science that tells us there are things we can do to develop our emotional well-being proactively, and that in turn can have a positive impact on our health."

Murthy noting that promoting well-being doesn't require reinventing the wheel as there are already programs focused on emotional well-being that have significant outcomes for health and education, but people just don't know about them.

The article is here.