Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator.
Lancet. 2009 Nov 14;374(9702):1714-21
Authors: Wallace JE, Lemaire JB, Ghali WA
When physicians are unwell, the performance of health-care systems can be suboptimum. Physician wellness might not only benefit the individual physician, it could also be vital to the delivery of high-quality health care. We review the work stresses faced by physicians, the barriers to attending to wellness, and the consequences of unwell physicians to the individual and to health-care systems. We show that health systems should routinely measure physician wellness, and discuss the challenges associated with implementation.
PMID: 19914516 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]