The history of physician burnout
The publication defines burnout as a "long-term, unresolvable job-related stress that leads to exhaustion, cynicism and feelings of detachment." While the ongoing pandemic has exposed the incredible amount of stress put upon our health care providers, many key obstacles existed pre-pandemic when it comes to improving the mental health of our physicians," he said. "Here we highlight three significant barriers that have historically prevented said improvements and also, suggest some solutions to these pervasive problems. They include:
Medical exceptionalism, or regarding medicine as an extraordinarily self-sacrificing profession.
Medicalization, or considering physicians who have mental health or substance use problems to be sick or unwell.
Individual responsibility, or believing physicians are personally obliged to maintain their own wellness.