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Comment & Response
April 2015

Improving Physician Well-Being

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Policy & Management, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Health Science Center, Texas A&M University, College Station
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(4):649. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7850

To the Editor We applaud West and colleagues1 for their continuing efforts to raise awareness of burnout among physicians. A conversation with any practicing physician quickly refers to the added stress and expectations of the profession. The practice of medicine is at a crossroads, wherein shifting reimbursement modalities, an onslaught of new evidence, and the aspiration of the “Triple Aim” (improvements to care, health, and costs) give rise to an emotionally exhausted physician workforce.

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