Open post

Medscape: How to Reclaim Physician Autonomy

The sad truth is that many physicians are dissatisfied with their careers. They still enjoy helping their patients, but often feel beaten down by many challenges that overwhelm the reason they went into medicine in the first place. Surveys show that many physicians blame a lack of autonomy for their frustration. But what does physician autonomy mean in today’s healthcare world?

In the video below, Dr. Wendy Dean is interviewed by Medscape on how physicians can reclaim their autonomy and find satisfaction in their roles again. The transcription is available on Medscape, or by clicking here.

Open post

British Medical Journal: Autonomy, mastery, respect, and fulfillment are key to avoiding moral injury in physicians

Moral injury occurs when the basic elements of the medical profession are eroded, say Simon G Talbot and Wendy Dean. But how to avoid moral injury in physicians?

In July 2018, the physicians wrote an article that reframed clinician distress as moral injury, rather than burnout. In our view, “burnout” suggests a lack of resilience on the part of clinicians, implying that better self-care will resolve our distress, whereas “moral injury” more accurately locates the source of distress in a conflict ridden healthcare system.

Now, featured in the BMJ, they’ve expanded on what to do next.

Scroll to top