Study: Physician burnout up 10 percent in just three years

In 2011, a group of researchers embarked on a national study to measure burnout among physicians. They found that 45 percent of U.S. doctors met the criteria for burnout, which manifests as emotional exhaustion, a loss of meaning in one’s work, feelings of ineffectiveness, and a tendency to see people as objects rather than fellow humans. Less than a handful of years later, the problem has gotten significantly worse.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:29+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Shift work: Marketing medication for symptoms instead of addressing the hazard

That people who work nights have their sleep cycles thrown out of balance has serious consequences but urging a potentially habit-forming, psychoactive drug on an economically stressed, overworked workforce, would seem to be a symptom, at the minimum, of a pharmaceutical industry gone awry. Shouldn’t we instead be figuring out how to reduce the occupational health risks of work schedules?

By | 2018-01-22T20:27:37+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|4 Comments

Chronic pain patients caught in the middle of growing opioid abuse problem

It took six years of going from doctor to doctor to doctor for Penney Cowan to finally receive a diagnosis for her chronic pain: fibromyalgia. Doctors had told her she'd just have to learn to live with the pain — a condition that some days made it hard to lift a cup of coffee. So when she decided to join the pain program at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, she didn't have high hopes. She says she expected the effort to fail.

By | 2018-01-14T16:40:36+00:00 November 9th, 2012|19 Comments