Important aspects of wellbeing, such as exercise, eating healthy, sleep, hobbies, and so much more are often placed on the back burner in the pursuit of excellent patient care — but that doesn't always need to be the case. Hear wellbeing tips and tricks from your colleagues on Wellbeing Checkup, a quick guide to staying healthy for healthcare professionals.
Wellbeing Checkup: Burnout & Depression
Wellbeing, burnout, depression, and suicide all are important for physicians and must be addressed in the workplace and by individuals. While they may be discussed together and have some overlapping conditions, they are not the same thing, and one does not necessarily cause another. Christine Yu Moutier, MD, chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, sat down with Medical Economics to discuss some key differences between and among these three important issues.
Wellbeing Checkup: Martial Arts to Destress
Dr. Alok Patel is one busy clinician. He is a physician, journalist, and producer, a special correspondent for ABC News, who regularly appears as an on-camera expert for several news outlets, and co-host of PBS/NOVA’s “Patentalogic” show, a digital series on the science of parenting. He is also a pediatric hospitalist at Columbia University, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco. One of his ways to absorb the daily stressors of his very busy life? Martial arts, which he does whenever it is needed, including during the 4 minutes he has before a child is being helicoptered in from another location for emergency help.
Wellbeing Checkup: Keeping Healthy
CancerNetwork’s Audrey Sternberg spoke with Kirsten West, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in integrative oncology and recently joined the Riordan Clinic based in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. West has a Fellowship with the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and holds a Metabolic Approach to Cancer certificate from the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health. In the interview, West talks about her strategies for keeping herself healthy in a demanding health care environment.
Wellbeing Checkup: Managing the Burden of Skin Conditions
Psoriasis and other skin conditions have been associated with quality of life and mental health issues among patients. Effectively managing the physical and psychological burden of these conditions requires therapeutic management, but exercise and other self-care activities can also prove important to achieve positive outcomes. On today's Well-Being Checkup, Patrick Burnett, MD, PhD, FAAD, chief medical officer of Arcutis Biotherapeutics, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on behavioral health risk factors for patients with skin diseases and nondrug-related strategies that may prove helpful in managing symptoms.
Wellbeing Checkup: Cooking From Scratch
Nathan Allen, Senior Vice President – Healthcare Provider Solutions at Firstsource, discusses his love for the outdoors and how spending time with his family and furry friend outside in his Western New York hometown benefits his mental health and wellbeing. Nathan and his family also picked up cooking early in the COVID-19 pandemic to find something new and fun to do. They have continued to create recipes from scratch since. One of the many meals they make from scratch is homemade pasta and pasta sauce.
Wellbeing Checkup: Burnout vs Happiness
Burnout has been a topic discussed at length over the last couple of years. However, what some might feel is burnout might actually be unhappiness within the medical field. Dr. Rebekah Bernard talks about the differences between professional burnout and the lack of satisfaction by physicians in their practice. She also discusses self-care strategies to help physicians avoid the former and help them maintain the latter to want to stay within their field.
Wellbeing Checkup: Education, Empowerment, and Support
How can we support our loved ones in active addiction? In this installment of Wellbeing Checkup, Alex Colyer, founder and president of The Albertus Project, discusses how we can help and empower our loved ones through their addiction and sobriety journey with compassion and support.
Wellbeing Checkup: Gathering Inspiration by Improving Patient Outcomes
Detecting burnout is essential in healthcare providers, and though it is common, helping patients to liver better, longer lives is key in boosting clinicians’ mental health, explained Parissa Tabrizan, MD, MSc, a surgeon specializing in liver transplantation at Mount Sinai.
Wellbeing Checkup: Multiple Ways to De-Stress
Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, infection preventionist, registered nurse, and mother to 2 young boys is busy…and sometimes very stressed, especially the last couple of years with the COVID-19 pandemic. So how does she save herself from burnout, practice self-care, find herself again? She tells Infection Control Today®.
Wellbeing Checkup: When It's Time to Say No
Raj Chovatiya, MD, PhD, discusses the burnout associated with always saying yes. As a busy medical professional and a family man, he stresses the importance of deciding what is most important to you for your own wellbeing. The power of saying no gives Dr. Chovatiya more time with his kids and family and helps prioritize what is most important.
Wellbeing Checkup: 3-Pronged Approach to Veterinary Wellness
Betsy Charles, DVM, highlights a 3-pronged approach to improving veterinary wellness including personal responsibility coupled with community support that leads to change in broken systems. She shares what recently inspired her to approach wellbeing this way, how each component works together and is strong on their own, plus more.
Wellbeing Checkup: Make Mental Health a Priority
Jan Bonhoeffer, MD, PhD, a global expert on infectious diseases and vaccine safety and a thought leader on efforts to transform how medical professionals care for their patients and themselves, discusses rates of burnout, divorce, and suicide rates among health care workers—particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic—and strategies clinicians can use to tend to their own mental health.
Wellbeing Checkup: Promoting an Inclusive Health Care Setting
Vivienne Hau, MD, clinical assistant professor with the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the important role physicians have in curating an inclusive health care environment for all patients.
Wellbeing Checkup: Being a Trialist, Clinician, & Academic
For early career clinicians, balancing responsibilities between personal life and a blossoming career can prove difficult. In this Wellbeing Check-up, Muthiah Vaduganathan, MD, MPH, a trialist and co-director of Center for Implementation Science and staff cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses what mental wellbeing means to him and how he makes it a priority to maintain his own.
Wellbeing Checkup: Summertime Safety
With the summer months finally upon us, the time has come for fun and frivolity. But, all that recreation also comes with its own risks. Ike Devji, founder and managing attorney at Pro Asset Protection, walks us through ways to limit your liability during these “100 deadly days.”
Wellbeing Checkup: Separate Work and Personal Life
Matt Parker, vice president of products at Kyruus and HealthSparq, shares with MHE how he manages his wellbeing each day through activity like walks through nature with his dog, an Australian Shephard, Remy, before and after work. Parker added that making time to separate work with his personal life is crucial to his mental health as these walks really help him clear his head and remember what’s important in life.