Murthy offers five areas of transformation.
The United States needs “bold, fundamental change” to address burnout in physicians and other health care workers, said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA.
On July 14, Murthy published five recommendations for systemic measures to heal the nation’s healers. The editorial, “Confronting Health Worker Burnout and Well-being,” in the New England Journal of Medicine was a follow-up to Murthy’s advisory, “Addressing Health Worker Burnout,” published May 23.
With a number of causes, burnout was a crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, Murthy said. The nation now faces shortages of health care workers as current ones leave the profession, creating a threat to America’s health and economic security, he said.
Murthy’s recommendations in the editorial are:
This article originally appeared on Medical Economics®.