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This article provides physicians on the edge of burnout with 10 ways for reducing stress in their lives. The author includes an assessment tool to aid the physician in evaluating his or her current lifestyle and pinpointing what aspect(s) of it they may want to change.
"Margin" is the space that exists between oneself and one's limits. The author, a physician, describes how focusing on margin in several key areas (emotional energy, physical energy and time) can revitalize physicians who feel overloaded by the demands of their profession.
The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.
Some physicians take regularly scheduled "retreats" as a means to prevent burn out and stay enthusiastic about medicine. This article discusses the benefits of taking personal retreats and provides direction for those interested in incorporating retreats into their lives.
In this article, family physicians share the practical tips they use to get more satisfaction out of their patient interactions and their workday.
The authors show how to rediscover the meaning of practicing medicine by learning to identify your personal needs and values.
This article examines the role of spirituality in medicine and provides tips for helping doctors address their patients' spiritual needs.
As a facilitator of weekly physician support groups for 18 years (and as a minister), the author has seen a radical change in physicians' awareness of their need for spiritual sustenance. In this article, he defines spirituality and offers physicians' stories about how recognizing their own spirituality has helped them prevent burnout. He also offers suggestions about how to respond to a patient's request for spirituality in their treatment regardless of one's personal spiritual beliefs.
This article describes a type of burnout called compassion fatigue and offers instructions on how to identify it and outlines the steps necessary to begin the healing process.
The author reviews the importance of learning how to maintain life balance and offers practical tips for physicians -- many of them based on his experience as a practicing FP.