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July 31, 2019

Self-care practices to prevent burnout

Some burnout factors are within your control. Practicing self-care can make a real difference in combating physician burnout.

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Carol Burke, MD, spoke at Digestive Disease Week® on how to defend against physician burnout. During the 2019 session, Dr. Burke explained how unhealthy stress levels in the workplace can contribute to burnout, disruptive behavior, decreased productivity and disengagement. Burnout — a response to chronic stress characterized by a diminished sense of personal accomplishment and emotional exhaustion — can result in cynicism, a lack of compassion and feelings of depersonalization. While many stressors seem out of a physician’s control, there are many strategies that are easy to implement in a daily routine to combat burnout. Practices to prevent burnout:
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Engage in hobbies outside of work
  • Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch
  • Take vacations
  • To learn more about risk factors and prevention tips, read the GI & Hepatology News article, or contribute to the AGA Community discussion.
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