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Two articles in January 17th’s Boston Globe entitled “Physician Burnout Now Essentially a Public Health Crisis” and “Doctor burnout is real. And it’s dangerous” highlight studies and added to the concern that physician well being is impacting the safe and effective delivery of healthcare nationwide. In January, the Massachusetts Medical Society has released recommendations for addressing burnout.  We are working to better understand burnout across Brigham Health by undertaking Surveys such as Faculty and Wellbeing Surveys (Stanford).

The survey undertaken in 2017 showed that drivers for increased burnout in Brigham Health are:

We have adopted a framework initially designed by Stanford WellMD to advance professional fulfillment by focusing on 3 areas.


Defined as addressing areas that support collaboration, connection, community & caring for one other.

System Improvement

Addressing opportunities to improve efficiency so that we reduce administrative burden and inefficient operations and are able to work “smarter”. This includes improving both IT and non-IT systems.

Personal Wellbeing

Includes those efforts that will support individuals, including providing easy access to behavioral health services as well as supporting a variety of other personal wellbeing initiatives.

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