At a press briefing yesterday, ACP provided an update about its Physician Well-being & Professional Satisfaction initiative and related Patients Before Paperwork initiative.
ACP President Jack Ende, MD, MACP, explained that ACP's Physician Well-being & Professional Satisfaction initiative has four main components: promoting individual well-being, improving the practice and organizational environment for internists, fostering local communities of well-being, and advocating for systems changes.
ACP's Board of Regents Chair Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, MACP, who is also Chair of ACP's Well-being Task Force, noted that ACP is developing resources to support the efficiency of practice, personal resilience, and establishment of a culture of wellness to assist individuals, practices, organizations, and training programs to promote internist well-being and professional satisfaction. These resources are accessible to physicians on ACP's website.
A key component of ACP's initiative is establishing and training a dedicated team of ACP Well-being Champions to support their ACP chapter members, practices, and organizations in combating burnout. Cynthia Smith, MD, FACP, ACP's Vice President for Clinical Programs, explained that the Champions, who are ACP members passionate about ensuring the health and well-being of their colleagues, will strive to reach this goal through a variety of approaches tailored to the needs of local/regional chapters and their members.
It is estimated that nearly 80% of the causes of physician dissatisfaction and lack of well-being are systems issues. Shari Erickson, ACP's Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice, said that ACP has long identified reducing administrative complexities or burdens as a priority. ACP's Patients Before Paperwork initiative seeks to reinvigorate the patient-physician relationship by reducing administrative complexities and eliminating unessential tasks that detract from patient care and contribute to physician burnout.