Author in the Room: Self-Care of Physicians Caring for Patients at the End of Life

April 2009 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: Michael K. Kearney, MD
Summary Points:
  • Burnout and compassion fatigue are fundamentally different phenomena. Understanding the difference is helpful for effective intervention.
  • Investments in self-awareness and self-care are sound business strategies that can be expected to reduce staff turnover and increase patient satisfaction.  
  • Mindfulness meditation and reflective writing have both been shown to increase self-awareness and self-care. They are among a number of strategies that can be built into clinical practice to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.  
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