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Lancet. 2009 Nov 14;374(9702):1714-21. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61424-0.

Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. jwallace@ucalgary.ca

Abstract

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.

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  • Doctors get ill too. [Lancet. 2009]
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