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Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator.

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada.
The Lancet (Impact Factor: 39.21). 11/2009; 374(9702):1714-21. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61424-0
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ABSTRACT When physicians are unwell, the performance of health-care systems can be suboptimum. Physician wellness might not only benefit the individual physician, it could also be vital to the delivery of high-quality health care. We review the work stresses faced by physicians, the barriers to attending to wellness, and the consequences of unwell physicians to the individual and to health-care systems. We show that health systems should routinely measure physician wellness, and discuss the challenges associated with implementation.

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