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Burnout, Professional clinical trials at UCSF

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  • Enhanced Stress Resilience Training for Faculty

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    Mounting evidence shows that burnout, a critical metric for dissatisfaction and distress, is a growing problem within medicine. Burnout is a syndrome associated with worse physician performance, patient outcomes, and hospital economics. Furthermore, researchers are coming to understand that burnout, diminished performance and the development of mental and physical illness are related. It has been proposed that chronic and overwhelming stress, in the absence of adequate coping skills, promotes performance deficits from surgical errors to poor professionalism due to the effects of stress on cognition. Notably, in small studies of physicians and other high-stress/high-performance groups mindfulness-based interventions have shown exceptional promise in improving burnout and distress symptoms, protecting cognition, and enhancing meaningfulness and satisfaction in work. Nevertheless, in spite of promising results in various populations the translation of mindfulness-based interventions to real-world settings has been slow. There is a paucity of quality research examining individually-based interventions, formal mindfulness training in physicians, or either of these things in the high stakes world of surgeons and anesthesiologists. To address these gaps, researchers have developed Enhanced Stress-Resilience Training (ESRT) based on MBSR, but streamlined and tailored for surgeons and anesthesiologists. Moreover, researchers have refined the scales included in our psychosocial survey of well-being in order to sharpen our approach to the complex issue of physician well-being and factors influencing physician resilience, within Surgery and Anesthesia, at UCSF.

    San Francisco, California

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