Listen now "How to Reduce Physician and Healthcare Worker Burnout"
We are pleased to welcome Dr. George Mayzell back to Healthcare Experience Matters today. Dr. Mayzell provides information on how organizations can decrease physician and healthcare worker burnout in this newest edition of our weekly podcast dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience.
Dr. Mayzell is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, and a physician coach and speaker with the Healthcare Experience Foundation (HXF). He is a leading voice in the ongoing battle to prevent burnout in medicine. Dr. Mayzell has co-authored several books including, Leveraging Lean in Healthcare and Physician Alignment.
We invited him on the podcast today to discuss his most recently published book, The Resilient Healthcare Organization: How to Reduce Physician and Healthcare Worker Burnout.
If you missed it, Dr. Mayzell shared his thoughts on this vitally important subject in his first appearance on our podcast. Make sure to listen to Resilience and Burnout with Dr. George Mayzell for some background information on today’s episode.
“Burnout happens in every industry and it's not unique to healthcare, but in healthcare, the burnout actually affects patient care and patient safety, so it really has a huge impact well beyond just the individuals involved,” Dr. Mayzell said.
Burnout in the Time of Covid-19
Today’s podcast has some overlap with his first podcast appearance, but is more focused on the work and research that went into writing Resilience and Burnout. We also cover the burden that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the healthcare workforce.
Dr. Mayzell thinks the pandemic taught us that in a moment of deep crisis, we have more resiliency than we thought. We saw people pulling together to take care of very sick patients selflessly. However, he also describes the pandemic as exposing a lot of the flaws in the healthcare system.
“The pandemic taught that we have more resilience that we thought we did, but it also brought up a lot of the warts in the healthcare system,” he said.
When the Covid-19 crisis hopefully winds down, Dr. Mayzell will be interested to see how that change will once again impact burnout. This is a chapter of his book that has yet to be written.
Moving in the Right Direction
While there is a lot of work to be done, Dr. Mayzell leaves us with some reasons to be optimistic about the direction that many healthcare organizations are heading in battling burnout.
“I've seen people starting to do a lot of good work on this and it's becoming recognized,” he said.
“I think what we really have to see is organizations really recognizing that this is important, and they should be measuring it, and they should be putting resources in to impact it,” he continued. “This ultimately will be a way they take better care of patients.”
There are certainty reasons for us to be optimistic. However, it will take a lot more than what Dr. Mayzell calls “long walks and granola,” or superficial ways some organizations fight burnout, to really make a lasting change that can ultimately benefit the patient experience in dramatic ways.
You can listen to the full broadcast of today’s new podcast with Dr. Mayzell by accessing the embedded podcast player located below:
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To learn more about Dr. Mayzell’s work on resilience and burnout, check out his latest book, The Resilient Healthcare Organization: How to Reduce Physician and Healthcare Worker Burnout.