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October 2016

Resilience—Back to the Future

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(10):896-897. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1056

Resilience, an individual’s ability to bounce back after adversity or failure, has recently become an important topic in health care because of its inverse relationship to burnout.1-4 Much has been written about the factors that promote resilience,5-9 which include self-regulation, realistic optimism, grit, and a strong social network. These factors are vital, but they don’t get to the source of resilience.

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