As I have been observing my personal reactions over the past week, in response to what is transpiring in the US after our recent election process, I find myself continuously checking my innate human tendency towards judgment – judging others, judging myself, judging my own reactions. Trying to hold onto the idea of courageous compassion, I find myself challenged to hold space for my hopes for peace, understanding, and nonviolence balanced by my deep sadness and anger. What is the right proportion of the two for me? How should they inspire and inform my ways of being going forward?
As I was doing research for an article I was recently writing, I had the chance to review the medical literature on a topic close to my heart – physician wellness and burnout. I was happy to see two new articles published in the current issue of The Lancet, one a systematic review and meta-analysis on interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout, and the second a commentary co-authored by one of my most memorable medical school advisors, Dr. Ron Epstein.
The meta-analysis, authored by Dr. Colin West and colleagues, was a comprehensive review of over 2500 published articles, including several good quality randomized trials and cohort studies, revealing that both individual-based and organizational level interventions can impact large changes in healthcare worker burnout.
Rashmi S. Bismark
I'm a preventive medicine physician specialized in mindfulness, lifestyle, and community health. I'm a yoga teacher, an educator, a researcher, a devoted mom and expatriate wife, living a blessed global nomad life.