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NAM plan for workforce well-being: Where to start

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Recognizing the problem and listening to doctors are key first steps.

For years, physicians and health care leaders have been afraid to talk about burnout in health care. But recognizing the problem, making employees feel valued in their workplaces, and listening to their suggestions, will build the foundation for measures that will reduce burnout. Victor J. Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine, discusses the Academy’s National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, which has seven priority areas to improve work conditions for physicians and medical staff, and ultimately improve patient care.


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