Taking Care of the Physician

November 13, 2017
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Maybe you should. A growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and to the kind of depersonalized care that is often both less effective and less palatable.

“It has been shown in some studies that if the physician is exercising, if the physician is taking care of themself, eating well, sleeping better, they have patients who have better clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Hilary McClafferty, a pediatrician who is an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. But the problem may be less the individual doctor’s health habits, and more the medical system that is hurting us all.

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