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April 17, 2018

Charter on Physician Well-being

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco
  • 2Departments of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 3Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 4Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
JAMA. 2018;319(15):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1331

Dedication to serving the interest of the patient is at the heart of medicine’s contract with society. When physicians are well, they are best able to meaningfully connect with and care for patients. However, challenges to physician well-being are widespread, with problems such as dissatisfaction, symptoms of burnout, relatively high rates of depression, and increased suicide risk affecting physicians from premedical training through their professional careers. These problems are associated with suboptimal patient care, lower patient satisfaction, decreased access to care, and increased health care costs.

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