By Dena K. Hubbard, MD, FAAP
- Short term: improved access to expand health services for physicians including mental health to prevent and treat symptoms of burnout in the short term. This should come without fear of loss of confidentiality or punitive measures.
- Medium term: significant reform to the EMR (recognizing different specialties and units have different needs) and reducing burden of documentation and measurement placed on physicians by payers and health care organizations. (Decreasing duplication of work, inefficiencies, and administrative tasks that do little if anything to advance the goals of patient care). In my humble opinion, this is where we would see the biggest impact on the crisis of physician burnout.
- Long term: appointment of executive-level leadership for physician wellness at institution and system levels.