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Stress and change
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.
The article will offer principles for dealing with change and effecting change within an organization.
Depressing take on the difficulty of bringing about meaningful change in something as complex and messy as the health care system. Also announces Marc Rivo's departure.
The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.
A little levity and a sense of humor may help prevent burnout and give physicians the perspective they need to deal with the difficulties of practicing medicine today.
The author highlights three of the most significant problems facing family practice -- economic pressures, the inherent complexity of health care and ongoing tensions between community-based family practice and academic family medicine -- and suggests appropriate responses to help the specialty thrive in coming generations.
This article examines the role of spirituality in medicine and provides tips for helping doctors address their patients' spiritual needs.
There are many options available to physicians who want to move away from full-time practice. The author, a lawyer, provides information about how to include this option in an employment contract.
Reports on Don Berwick's plenary speech at the 2002 National Forum on Quality, focusing on the argument that there's no excuse for not trying to improve what you can improve in the system.
Today's practice environment is much different than it was when family practice became a specialty in 1969. Consequently, the role of family practice in U.S. culture is much less clear now than it was then. This article will present the opinions of key FP leaders or whether family practice needs to be redefined.