On burnout…


“Health-care organisations should move beyond a culture of endurance, which overvalues stoicism and dismisses complaints as signs of weakness, and help clinicians be better at self-care than they are at present. 21st-century patients demand more than in the past, rightfully so, calling for greater interprofessional coordination. Evidence suggests that the more physicians use electronic health records and computerised physician order entry, the more burnt out they become; intelligent design of health information systems is needed. The explosion in regulatory documentation begs for re-examination and debulking.”


– Epstein and Privitera (2016).



The quote above was part of a response to this recent systematic review and meta-analysis about physician burnout, but it’s clear that the issues aren’t limited to physicians and that they apply to many other healthcare professionals as well, including midwives.

I’m as passionate about self-care as ever, and I’m thinking of creating a resource for midwives and birth folk on this topic. But I need to know what you need, so if this is something you care about, then please post in the comments section on here or on my facebook page and let me know … what’s your biggest need as far as taking better care of yourself is concerned?


Epstein RM and Pritivera MR (2016). Doing something about physician burnout. The Lancet, In press, corrected proof. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31332-0
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