Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator.

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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]

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