A national strategy to prevent a parallel pandemic of clinician well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak rests on five high-priority actions, according to an article written by National Academy of Medicine CEO Victor J. Dzau, MD; Association of American Medical Colleges President Emeritus Darrell Kirch, MD; and ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP. The article was published on the New England Journal of Medicine website* ahead of print.
"Just as the country rallied to care for September 11 first responders who suffered long-term health effects, we must take responsibility for the well-being of clinician first responders to COVID-19 — now and in the long run," the article states.
The actions include: 1) the elevation of an executive in charge of well-being at the institutional level who has a "powerful voice in decision making groups formed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while sustaining and bolstering existing well-being programs; 2) giving clinicians a safe and protected space to identify and discuss stressors and concerns so they can better advocate for their patients' and their own health; 3) sustain and supplement existing well-being programs; 4) allocate federal funding to care for clinicians negatively affected by their service during the COVID-19 pandemic; and 5) allocate federal funding to measure physician well being and report on intervention outcomes.
Read more about the ACGME’s overall commitment to physician well-being and view a compilation of tools and resources to support general well-being for residents, fellows, and faculty members.
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