Strategies to Prevent Burnout in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

A variety of wellness strategies are needed for hospice and palliative care physicians to avoid burnout and promote personal well-being, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. The researchers, led by Keith M. Swetz, MD, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., conducted a qualitative online survey of 40 hospice and palliative medicine physicians and inquired about their strategies for avoiding burnout and finding fulfillment in palliative medicine. Thirty participants responded to all of the questions. Sixty percent of them said that physical well-being was the most common strategy, followed by professional relationships, taking a transcendental perspective, talking with others, hobbies, clinical variety, personal relationships, and personal boundaries. They placed less emphasis on time away from work, passion about their practice, having realistic expectations, the use of humor, and remembering their patients.

From Briefings in Palliative, Hospice, and Pain Medicine & Management October 7, 2009