Burnout, Stess, & Resiliency

Burnout is a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. The resources below give healthcare providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they provide care to patients and their families.

External resources:

Physician Burnout Symposium:  Leading Edge Strategies to Increase Physician and Nurse Leader Well Being

Curi partner, VITAL WorkLife, is sponsoring the virtual Physician Burnout Symposium, taking place January 7-29, 2021! Hear from healthcare leaders about how to address and reduce burnout and gain actionable solutions to implement within your health system. Use the code VITAL for a $100 discount off your registration.  Register today. 

Stress, Resilience and COVID-19

Useful strategies to help cultivate resilience and mitigate stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing Moral Distress during the COVID-19 Crisis

A high-level overview of causes, symptoms, and solutions of moral distress.

Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety among Health Care Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

A summary of key considerations for supporting the healthcare workforce so healthcare professionals are equipped to provide care for their patients and communities.

SurgeonMaster Well-being Resources

SurgeonMasters are medical professionals dedicated to improving surgeons’ well-being, practice performance, and patient outcomes. Centering on strategies and techniques overlooked or underemphasized in traditional medical training, this community empowers surgeons to cultivate a thriving, lifestyle-friendly practice contributing to personal and professional excellence.

Schwartz Center’s resources for Healthcare Professionals Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Schwartz Center offers tips and resources to help caregivers find the information they need to continue supporting themselves and their families during this extremely difficult time.

Compassion in Action webinar series

The Compassion in Action webinar series offers healthcare workers, leaders, and managers a unique opportunity to learn about topics related to compassionate, collaborative care from leading practitioners and researchers in this field.

Self-Care and Wellness during Covid-19

There has been increased attention to stress and burnout among clinicians for some time. However, this unprecedented time of pandemic worry puts a new spin on how stress affects us in our everyday lives and how we can address that. This recorded conversation around self-care and wellness explores healthy habits and goes beyond to talk about handling loss of control both personally and professionally.

Managing Personal and Team Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A psychiatrist from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress offers insightful, evidence-based “psychological first aid” principles — team leadership and personal leadership approaches gleaned from prior outbreaks and mass trauma — that leaders and individuals can immediately adopt to support personnel and healthcare entities.

Creating a resilient organization

It’s critical for organizations to attend to the well-being of the health care workforce prior to an emergency so that they do not enter times of crises with a team that is already exhausted, depleted, and burned out. This module provides a 17-step process for activities before, during, and after a crisis.

Older Clinicians and the Surge in COVID-19

This article provides thoughts on how to wisely use all health care resources, including the nation’s nurse and physician workforce—from students to seasoned professionals.

Caring for our caregivers during COVID-19

This list provides practical strategies for leadership to consider in support of their physicians and care teams during COVID-19.

Webinar:  Effects of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers and Physicians: Research and Consultant Findings

This webinar highlighted Prudential’s new research on the behavioral health effects of COVID-19 on employees and physicians, as well as VITAL WorkLife’s research on physician burnout. The discussion also included insights from Dr. Robert Leschke, a practicing emergency medicine physician and Physician Peer Coach for VITAL WorkLife.

Compared to the general population, researchers found that risk factors for physician suicide include older age and job problems.

It is estimated that a doctor commits suicide every day. Research published in 2018 indicates that nearly half of physicians nationwide are experiencing burnout symptoms. There are overlapping risk factors for suicide and burnout, including depressed mood and job problems, according to the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).


Curi resources:

Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis article series

WEBINAR: Caring for Yourself & Others during the COVID-19 Pandemic

WEBINAR: Self-Care in a Time of Pandemic

News & Knowledge
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.