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AMA Vows to Improve Access for Physicians Seeking Mental Health Care

AMA Vows to Improve Access for Physicians Seeking Mental Health Care

The policy aims to further reduce stigma associated with mental health illness to ensure physicians are able to seek the care they need for anxiety, depression, and substance-related disorders.

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

To investigate whether physician attire can affect a patient's experience, researchers performed a cross-sectional study on 10 academic hospitals spanning the 4 main geographical regions of the US.

Paging Dr Oz: Drop the Healthcare Horoscopes

Paging Dr Oz: Drop the Healthcare Horoscopes

Since his rise to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr Mehmet Oz has spent his TV career hawking all kinds of questionable medical science.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Causes of caregiver burnout include confusion about their new role, unrealistic expectations, lack of control, and unreasonable demands, often placed by caregivers themselves.

Mindfulness Program May Help Increase Physical Activity Levels

Mindfulness Program May Help Increase Physical Activity Levels

Researchers found that a meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective as structured exercise programs for increasing physical activity.

Twelve County-Level Factors Affect Individual Well-Being in US

Twelve County-Level Factors Affect Individual Well-Being in US

Twelve county-level factors, including social and economic, clinical care, and physical environment, explain the majority of variation in resident well-being in the United States.

Get Your Sweat On: Top Fitness Trends of 2018

Get Your Sweat On: Top Fitness Trends of 2018

The American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) annual survey reveals people are going back to basics to get fit in 2018.

Addressing Compassion Fatigue as a Cost of Caring: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 3

Addressing Compassion Fatigue as a Cost of Caring: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 3

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Interventions to Prevent Physician Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 2

Interventions to Prevent Physician Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 2

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 1

Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 1

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

The current report includes enrollment projections only for the 151 institutions that grant MD degrees.

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue can lead to decreased quality of patient care and increases in medical errors.

When Sparks Stop Flying: How Is Clinician Burnout Tied to Patient Outcomes?

When Sparks Stop Flying: How Is Clinician Burnout Tied to Patient Outcomes?

Physician burnout has gained traction as a public health concern because more physicians are leaving medical practice altogether, resulting in decreased patient access and continuity of care.

Breaking the Culture of Mental Health Stigma: The Challenges Physicians Face When Seeking Help

Breaking the Culture of Mental Health Stigma: The Challenges Physicians Face When Seeking Help

Research is clear: Many physicians are struggling but they don't always feel comfortable speaking up.

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

The Charter on Physician Well-being is intended to outline specific principles that can be used to address well-being throughout a physician's entire career.

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

The culture of bullying — widespread across the medical field — has been linked to poorer patient outcomes. So why can't physicians stop bullying in its tracks?

Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

Interns' intense and changing schedules take a toll on sleep, activity, and mood.

Survey Reveals Challenges of Balancing Motherhood and Surgical Training

Survey Reveals Challenges of Balancing Motherhood and Surgical Training

Long, unpredictable hours, work demands, and high expectations are particularly challenging to mothers in medical training.

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

Approximately 4600 actively licensed physicians in the US are practicing with Alzheimer disease.

Colleague of the Month: Submit Your Nomination

Colleague of the Month: Submit Your Nomination

Submit your nomination for Colleague of the Month today.

Less Talk, More Action: Task Force Develops Blueprint to Tackle Physician Burnout

Less Talk, More Action: Task Force Develops Blueprint to Tackle Physician Burnout

The first meeting of the task force focused on 3 key strategies that could be used to develop a "national blueprint for change."

Testing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improve Physician Engagement, Reduce Burnout

Testing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improve Physician Engagement, Reduce Burnout

A multi-pronged strategy increased employee engagement over the course of one year.

Leading Medical Organizations Confront the Clinician Burnout Crisis

Leading Medical Organizations Confront the Clinician Burnout Crisis

Growing demands in healthcare have led to high rates of physician stress and burnout.

Share Your Story: Honoring Women in Medicine

Share Your Story: Honoring Women in Medicine

Do you know a woman in medicine who you would like to honor? Medical Bag is collecting your stories.

Childbearing, Family Leave Policies Examined at Top US Medical Schools

Childbearing, Family Leave Policies Examined at Top US Medical Schools

Childbearing and family leave policies vary on a school-by-school basis.

Single Health System Linked to High Rates of Physician Burnout

Single Health System Linked to High Rates of Physician Burnout

Physicians exhibiting emotional exhaustion were more likely to leave their organization.

Examining the Crisis of Physician Suicides: Then and Now

Examining the Crisis of Physician Suicides: Then and Now

Since Gerry FitzGerald's suicide 80 years ago, physician suicide has become a staggering public health crisis that's gone largely ignored.

Expert Opinion: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Physician Burnout

Expert Opinion: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Physician Burnout

Compassion fatigue affects workers across the spectrum of helping professions, and is extremely prevalent among physicians.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

A brief cognitive behavioral therapy program is cost-effective for adolescents with depression who declined or stopped using antidepressants.

AMA: Resources Developed to Address System-Level Physician Burnout

AMA: Resources Developed to Address System-Level Physician Burnout

The online tools include a team-based care model, enhanced communication, float pools, and wellness metrics.

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression and suicidal behaviors.

Women More Likely to Leave Medicine Due to Pay Gap, Burnout

Women More Likely to Leave Medicine Due to Pay Gap, Burnout

Stresses that female physicians face throughout their careers, including the pay gap and burnout, need to be addressed to prevent women from leaving the profession.

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Outside of the Home

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Outside of the Home

Spouses of female physicians work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians.

Work-Family Conflicts Increase Depressive Symptoms Among Medical Interns

Work-Family Conflicts Increase Depressive Symptoms Among Medical Interns

The increase of depressive symptoms was greater among women compared with men.

Physician Burnout: Expanding the Scope of Solutions

Physician Burnout: Expanding the Scope of Solutions

Although there has been growing awareness of physician burnout in recent years, the problem has continued to increase.

Hurricane Irma and Heart Disease: A Killer Match

Hurricane Irma and Heart Disease: A Killer Match

For patients with cardiovascular disease, the stress of natural disasters can increase the risk of adverse events.

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Remediable Work Conditions

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Remediable Work Conditions

The researchers found that satisfaction was associated with less chaos, more cohesion, better communication, and closer values alignment at work, but not with higher-quality care or fewer medical errors.

Female Physicians May Be Especially at Risk of Burnout

Female Physicians May Be Especially at Risk of Burnout

Female physicians are more burned out than their male colleagues, but there are ways to prevent burnout and reduce stress.

Medical License Questions Dissuade Physicians From Seeking Help for Mental Health

Medical License Questions Dissuade Physicians From Seeking Help for Mental Health

Medical licensure application questions regarding mental health conditions present a barrier to physicians seeking help.

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

An assessment of conflict of interest statements in oral presentations at medical conferences shows that many are not clearly stated.

Alarm Fatigue: The Balance of Being a Physician and a Father

Alarm Fatigue: The Balance of Being a Physician and a Father

A physician contemplates the relationship he has with his children and his father.

Maternal Multivitamin Use May Be Inversely Associated With Intellectual Disability in Offspring

Maternal Multivitamin Use May Be Inversely Associated With Intellectual Disability in Offspring

Multivitamin supplementation during pregnancy is tied to a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder with intellectual disability.

Why Are Physicians Delaying Retirement?

Why Are Physicians Delaying Retirement?

While many physicians are delaying retirement for various reasons, some older physicians have resisted using electronic health records, which may lead them to retire before they are ready.

Regular Leisure Exercise of Any Intensity Protects Against Future Depression

Regular Leisure Exercise of Any Intensity Protects Against Future Depression

Future depression risk is reduced by any leisure-time exercise.

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Steven Pritzker PhD, coeditor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity, discusses how physicians can utilize creativity in health care.

Suicide Attempts in the US Increase in 8-Year Period

Suicide Attempts in the US Increase in 8-Year Period

From 2004-2004 to 2012-2013, there was an overall increase in suicide attempts among US adults.

Work Hours Affected in Dual-Physician Couples With Children, Especially for Women

Work Hours Affected in Dual-Physician Couples With Children, Especially for Women

These findings were from a national sample of dual-physician couples.

Is There a Link Between Resident Attrition Rates and Resident Remediation?

Is There a Link Between Resident Attrition Rates and Resident Remediation?

The use of resident remediation may decrease the 5-year attrition rates of residents.

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

If medical training isn't a marathon, it's at least a hotly-contested 5K race.

Reduce Burnout With Patient-Centered Communication

Reduce Burnout With Patient-Centered Communication

When providing increased communication with patients, physicians have higher proficiency and less burnout.

Female Physicians Have Higher Rates of Practice Mobility

Female Physicians Have Higher Rates of Practice Mobility

The study found that physician mobility factors include smaller population size and lower primary care physician supply.

Working Long Hours Linked to Higher Risk of Developing A-Fib

Working Long Hours Linked to Higher Risk of Developing A-Fib

Researchers found that people who work long hours are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which could explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours.

Early Career Burnout Can Spread Through Social Networks

Early Career Burnout Can Spread Through Social Networks

Researchers found a one-unit increase in mean social network members' burnout levels tied to 0.21-unit increase in burnout.

Night Shifts May Inhibit Body's Ability to Repair DNA Damage

Night Shifts May Inhibit Body's Ability to Repair DNA Damage

Lower levels of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine were noted in the urine of those who worked at night.

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Other variables that encourage patients to leave include cost, bedside manner and comfort of the facility.

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

Most patients want unhurried, nonjudgmental listening — served up with a generous helping of clinical competence and a healthy dollop of empathy.

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

The thought of caring for a crying infant wasn't appealing. In fact, it was frightening. We did want to have kids — at some point.

Physician Error Disclosure Can Be Improved by Implementing Social Psychology

Physician Error Disclosure Can Be Improved by Implementing Social Psychology

Deliberate practice, along with lessons from social psychology, can implement change in error disclosure.

Path to Achieving Empathy Associated With Provider's Health

Path to Achieving Empathy Associated With Provider's Health

This conclusion could be especially useful in the context of medical professions, researcher says.

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

"I know they never taught happiness in medical school, but you deserve happiness just as much as anyone else."

Significant Discrimination Faced by Many Physician Mothers

Significant Discrimination Faced by Many Physician Mothers

Overall, 77.9% reported discrimination, with 66.3% reporting gender discrimination.

Why Are More Women Leaving Behind Their Stethoscopes?

Why Are More Women Leaving Behind Their Stethoscopes?

Stressors include pay gap, burnout, and transitioning back following a temporary leave.

Added Workplace Stress Due to Post-Election Political Conflicts

Added Workplace Stress Due to Post-Election Political Conflicts

Employees are feeling more stressed and cynical, and job productivity may suffer, the survey finds.

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

A primary care physician reflects on the different roles he plays in his patients' lives.

Qualified Female Scientists Being Overlooked by Medical Conference Organizers

Qualified Female Scientists Being Overlooked by Medical Conference Organizers

Active generation of lists of potential speakers and assessment of qualifications can address this bias.

Physician Burnout Risk Factors Identified in 6 Areas

Physician Burnout Risk Factors Identified in 6 Areas

Tools gauging burnout focuses on workload, control, rewards, community, fairness and values.

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

A candid interview with Elise Barney, DO, on a sometimes subtle, but corrosive problem that deserves everyone's attention.

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Investigators found many examples of unprofessional and 'potentially objectionable' behavior online.

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

Attending Physician Behaviors and Teaching Ranked Highly Among Residents

Attending Physician Behaviors and Teaching Ranked Highly Among Residents

Behaviors of attending physicians rated as important included showing empathy to patients and the ability to explain.

Higher Grief Responses and Burnout Among Female Oncologists

Higher Grief Responses and Burnout Among Female Oncologists

For both genders, grief reactions were linked to emotional distress among those at high levels of burnout.

Physician Communication Style Essential During Bad-News Encounters

Physician Communication Style Essential During Bad-News Encounters

Enhanced patient-centered communication lessens the anxiety during disclosure of cancer diagnosis.

Overemphasis on Performance and Achievement "Killing" Medical Students, Mount Sinai Dean Says

Overemphasis on Performance and Achievement "Killing" Medical Students, Mount Sinai Dean Says

Such measures will be unsuccessful in improving students' mental health if how performance and achievement are measured at the school is not also changed.

It's Time to Support Physicians in Recovery

It's Time to Support Physicians in Recovery

Stereotypes not only help keep providers with mental health issues in the closet, they also place patients at risk.

Inappropriate Questions Are Still Common When Females Interview for Orthopedic Surgery Residencies

Inappropriate Questions Are Still Common When Females Interview for Orthopedic Surgery Residencies

Questions regarding these topics during a residency interview are prohibited by the NRMP.

Counteracting Physician Burnout with Leadership Training

Counteracting Physician Burnout with Leadership Training

Leadership ratings were strongly linked to employee burnout and satisfaction.

Significant Number of Female Physicians Experienced Sexual Harassment in Workplace

Significant Number of Female Physicians Experienced Sexual Harassment in Workplace

In addition, two-thirds say they experience gender bias in workplace.

Majority of American Physicians Satisfied With Career Choice

Majority of American Physicians Satisfied With Career Choice

The AMA survey of physicians, residents and medical students finds most are satisfied, despite challenges.

Depression Improved with Yoga and Coherent Breathing

Depression Improved with Yoga and Coherent Breathing

Weekly sessions, plus deep breathing, help patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Burnout Diminishing Sense of Calling for Many Physicians

Burnout Diminishing Sense of Calling for Many Physicians

Physicians who are burned out have lower odds of 6 validated aspects of sense of calling.

Hold the Statins and Antihypertensives: Give Me a Compassion Pill — for Doctors!

Hold the Statins and Antihypertensives: Give Me a Compassion Pill — for Doctors!

The indication? Doctor attitudes and a tendency to complain. One tablet PO TID and QHS. #120, with unlimited refills.

Burnout Prevalent Among Many Pediatric Residents

Burnout Prevalent Among Many Pediatric Residents

Residents with burnout have increased odds of suboptimal patient care attitudes and behaviors.

Postpartum Depressive Symptoms Dropped in 2014 to 2012

Postpartum Depressive Symptoms Dropped in 2014 to 2012

Prevalence was highest among new mothers age less than 19 and 20 to 24 years; unmarried mothers; and postpartum smokers.

Postpartum Depression Also Found Among New Fathers

Postpartum Depression Also Found Among New Fathers

Men who are stressed or in poor health seem to be at highest risk of depression.

Poor Surgeon Attitude Toward Patients Linked with Worse Outcomes

Poor Surgeon Attitude Toward Patients Linked with Worse Outcomes

Patients treated by surgeons with the most complaints had more complications in the month following surgery.

Sleep Quality Improved with Acupressure

Sleep Quality Improved with Acupressure

Acupressure on specific acupoints is linked to significantly improved scores on PSQI and SF-36.

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

Same-sex marriage has positive mental health benefits for gays and lesbians.

Love: Its Positive Effects on Mental Health

Love: Its Positive Effects on Mental Health

Building loving relationships has been shown to improve depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

Examining the Life-Saving Effects of Marriage

Examining the Life-Saving Effects of Marriage

A large study connects marriage to improved outcomes for patients with cancer.

Acknowledging Spirituality in Mental Health Treatment

Acknowledging Spirituality in Mental Health Treatment

Acknowledging patients' religious beliefs and incorporating them into treatment can improve outcomes.

Finding a Work-Life Balance as a Provider

Finding a Work-Life Balance as a Provider

It is important for providers to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.

Suicide Rates Increased 24% in the United States Since 1999

Suicide Rates Increased 24% in the United States Since 1999

Rates have climbed the most among middle-aged men and girls aged 10 to 14.

Violence Underreported in Health Care Workplaces

Violence Underreported in Health Care Workplaces

Data show that only 26% of physicians and 30% of nurses report episodes of workplace violence.

Therapeutic Family Presence Essential in Acute ER Deterioration Treatment

Therapeutic Family Presence Essential in Acute ER Deterioration Treatment

Interactions of clinicians, family and patients involve interplay between presence, roles and engagement.

Anxiety and Depression Increases Mortality Risk for Certain Cancers

Anxiety and Depression Increases Mortality Risk for Certain Cancers

Higher death rates were seen for colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic and prostate cancers, as well as leukemia.

Anxiety Significant in Partners of Young Breast Cancer Patients

Anxiety Significant in Partners of Young Breast Cancer Patients

Anxiety is common in partners even several years later, researchers find.

Addressing Depression Among Medical Students

Addressing Depression Among Medical Students

"Ultimately, it is about culture. Efforts need to be made at all levels of medical education and training to create more supportive and nurturing educational settings."

Postpartum Depression Risk Increases with Gestational Diabetes

Postpartum Depression Risk Increases with Gestational Diabetes

Researchers find that risks are higher if a woman has suffered an earlier bout of depression.

Practice What You Preach: How To Be A Healthier Doctor For Your Patients

Follow these easy steps to be a healthier doctor for your patients.

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