Suicide among health-care workers: time to act

///Suicide among health-care workers: time to act

In the UK, physician burnout—typifi ed by emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and a sense of reduced personal accomplishment—has reached epidemic proportions, according to an Article published in The Lancet in September, 2016. Implications of burnout are serious, not only for patients as preventable medical errors become increasingly inevitable, but also for the mental wellbeing of the individuals providing care with increases in burnout associated with suicidal ideation. The rate of depressive disorders among health-care workers compared with the general population is alarming and is an issue that spans the medical profession. This crisis is not confi ned to the UK. However, in response to a suicide rate of 400 physicians per year in the USA—more than double that of the general population— the US National Academy of Medicine is collaborating with more than 20 professional and educational organisations, including clinician and consumer groups, health-care organisations, and policy-making bodies, to promote clinician wellbeing and resilience. The collaborative platform, due to begin work this month, aims to assess and understand the underlying causes of clinician burnout and suicide and advance solutions that can reverse the current trends. The Lancet Article identifi ed some existing strategies involving individual-focused and organisational interventions that have been shown to produce meaningful reductions in burnout among physicians. More research is needed to build on this early body of evidence, to clarify optimum approaches across settings, and to assess long-term outcomes. Collaboration will be essential to further understand and tackle the deep-rooted underlying issues associated with mental ill health in the medical profession, not just in the USA but globally. Now is not the time to become complacent or to let the health of medical workers slip down the political agenda, but to start 2017 by following a lead taken by the National Academy of Medicine: to ensure that the health and resilience of our medical workforce are the highest priorities in every country. „ The Lancet

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