Care for the Caregiver and Combating Burnout

Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care. However, clinicians of all kinds and in various care settings are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization as well as a low sense of personal accomplishment at work. Numerous studies show clinician stress and burnout is associated with lower patient satisfaction, a negative impact on health care quality, overuse of resources and increased costs. Providers and hospital staff experience stressful events and outcomes when incidents of violence in the community or within the four walls lead to traumatic care delivery. The HAV initiative, by providing best practices and resources combating burnout and supporting the care for health professionals, addresses the needs of our caregivers experiencing emotional aftershock.

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