The Clinician Well-being Playbook

The new Well-being Playbook v2.0 is a COVID-19 resource for hospital and health system leaders

Burnout is not new, however COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges faced when administrative burden, sub-optimal communications systems, and unbalanced teams collide with an extended crisis.




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Health care providers across our diverse workforce are faced with an ever increasing complexity in the systems and approaches we use. In this era of mounting financial pressures, increasing regulatory mandates, rapid technological innovation, and rising consumerism, hospitals and health systems face many challenges to providing high-quality care. To succeed in the midst of these external challenges, hospitals and health systems must have strong leadership and a committed workforce, and they must be alert to the impact of these changes on their entire team.


Addressing burnout among clinicians and other health care professionals is a top challenge facing hospitals and health systems today, and fundamental to delivering high quality care. As health care continues to push the edges of what is possible in the care of our patients, we also must ensure that we focus on the care of our teams so they may best help our communities. These resources will help you take action by systematically tackling drivers of burnout and implementing changes to promote well-being. The process will take time, but the journey to a strong sustainable culture begins with a few steps.


To view all of our resources combating burnout, visit the Physician Alliance Be Well page. You can view our webinar on the playbook here. For a first-hand experience developing personal and professional resources to combat burnout and thrive, register for the Physician Leadership Experience, or the new Recover and Renew: Virtual Resiliency Two-Day Program .


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Additional Resources

LLN Playbook Companion AHA Hospitals in Action Playbook Companion: Supporting Care Teams
The AHA's Living Learning Network members share their stories on how they are supporting the well-being of their health care workers. 

Massachusetts Hospital Association Task Force Report: Caring for the Caregiver



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