Feeling Stressed?.... Heading for burn-out?
Medical Staff Wellness
- 60% of practicing practitioners will experience burnout at some point in their careers.
- 5% of practitioners are impaired by substance abuse.
- The suicide rate among female doctors is 130% higher than among women in general.
Washington Physicians Health Program - WPHP’s mission is to facilitate the rehabilitation of health-care professionals who have health conditions that could compromise patient safety and to monitor their recovery.
Washington State Medical Association - Programs and resources to help strengthen resilience and help you thrive professionally in today's health care environment.
Practice The Pause - When our emotions are high, like in times of stress, unhappiness, or fear, we tend to react without thinking. We don't take the time to consider what we're feeling or why. We let our emotions determine how we think, act, or engage with the world around us and that can make us feel even worse.
By practicing the pause, we are encouraging ourselves to stop in the moment between a feeling and a reaction to think about what we're feeling and why. This pause allows us to understand what may be causing our reaction and choose how we want to respond.
Buddhists call it the "Sacred Pause" - exploring the moment between a feeling and a reaction and choosing what comes next.
Test Your Wellness
Below are anonymous online self-test sites:
Altruism Quiz - Greater Good Science Center
Anxiety screen - Mental Health America
Anyone can experience depression, including physicians,and especially in medical training. Rate yourself with this Depression screen. See Get Help section if you'd like to talk with someone.
How well do you read other people? Quiz from Greater Good Science Center
Also from the Greater Good Science Center, try this empathy quiz.
This PTSD Screen from the PTSD Association of Canada
Relationship Trust Quiz - Greater Good Science Center
Perfectionistic? Hard on yourself? Rate your level of self-compassion from the website of Kristin Neff, PhD, creator of the validated self-compassion scale.
Sleepiness Scale - Epworth Scale.
Evaluate your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors concerning alcohol use - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
Quiz - Canadian Mental Health Association
Find more information and resources on Work-Life Balance - Stanford Medicine
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