Curious about the steps after your organization assesses its state of well-being? Once the physicians in your institution have received the results, what's there to do before reassessment time rolls around? Lastly, how do organizations address the scores pointing to burnout and improve results for next time?
While the tool offers resources to individuals based on their specific needs, the Well-Being Index is officially a screening tool, not a diagnostic device. Organizations should seek opportunities to equip individuals with the tools they need to fight burnout.
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Resources for Individuals Feeling Burned Out
The American Psychiatric Association compiled a list of resources for medical professionals and organizations dealing with burnout. Individual tools to address feelings of burnout include the following.
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The Stanford Medicine WellMD Center, led by Well-Being Index creator Dr. Tait Shanafelt, was founded in 2015 "to advance the well-being of physicians and those they serve."
- The Well-Being Resource Library (included with the Well-Being Index)
After an individual has assessed their well-being, helpful resources are generated based on the dimensions of distress most prevalent.
Organizational Tools for Burnout
In addition to individual intervention tools, organizations looking to move forward as a whole should look into the following resources.
"The ACGME’s Physician Well-Being initiative has expanded in recent years within the work of the organization and through partnerships in the medical community, with the ultimate goal of reducing burnout and helping physicians rediscover joy and meaning in work."
This online resource from the AHRQ details action items that can be put into place after burnout is assessed in your organization.
AMA has created a practice-based program that provides modules - often for CME credits - for organizations to learn how to improve internal strategies.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers multiple CME activities in subjects such as "Create a Thriving Practice Culture" and "Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled."
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The Importance of Reassessing Well-Being
The purpose of these resources and those included in the Well-Being Index is to address burnout after assessing. But, the journey to well-being doesn't end there. To stay on top of the problem, it's essential for participants to reassess. By continuing with the Well-Being Index, individuals and institutions will be able to track the progress made.
Additionally, wellness leaders in the organization will be able to accurately see if initiatives are working or falling short. This is only possible if participants continue to assess their well-being. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to do so and is completely anonymous.
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