Bend, But Don’t Break

I’m pleased to be presenting at the HealthEast Spine Symposium on November 30th. My topic is resilience, which is the flip-side of burnout.

Although I don’t plan to spend a lot of time on it, healthcare leaders should consider Slides 41 and 42, the underlying study and my commentary in Today’s Hospitalist. In short, bad bosses contribute to burnout.

The relationship between personality structure and burnout and is also worth a look (Slides 43–46 and the related study).

You can find my PowerPoint here or by clicking on the image below.

Bend, But Don’t Break

Life isn’t easy—especially in healthcare. Burnout is a huge problem that has rightfully received a lot of attention. But what’s the solution?

Resilience is an antidote to burnout. It’s the approach the U.S. military takes when deploying troops to stressful, unpredictable and often dangerous circumstances.

Today, I’ll be discussing resilience at the Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network’s annual meeting. In a novel twist, we assessed attendees’s resilience in the weeks preceding the conference and will be challenging them to improve their resilience in the months that follow.

You can find my associated PowerPoint here.

Late-breaking news: Burnout in oncology pharmacists has been studied. Pharmacists had the highest rate of burnout—53%—in a large cohort that also included physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses.


Predicting Opioid Overdose

I’m a long-time contributing editor to Today’s Hospitalist. My “beat” involves numbers—dollars, RVUs, burnout—basically anything that can be measured.

I considered a simple bedside calculator that predicts opioid overdose in my October 2017 commentary. Overdose risk is generally much higher than providers think because of ubiquitous risk factors like concomitant antidepressant use.

Readers who want to go deeper can find primary literature here, here and here.