Jan. 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

More than 130 Organizations Join the National Academy of Medicine in Committing to Clinician Well-Being

WASHINGTON - The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced that more than 130 organizations across the U.S. -- including associations, hospital and medical systems, universities, and professional societies -- have joined NAM in declaring their commitment to reducing burnout and promoting well-being among clinicians.

To provide an opportunity for organizations around the country to discuss and share plans of action, the NAM recently called for and has collected statements describing current work and future goals to reverse clinician burnout.  By making a visible commitment to improving the well-being of clinicians, these groups join the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience as network organizations.

“The high rates of burnout, depression, and suicide of clinicians are alarming and affect every member of the care team, every workplace, and every career stage,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau.  “This pervasive problem threatens care providers’ personal well-being and can have serious implications for the patient care and health system functions. Solving the challenge of clinician burnout is absolutely crucial. No single organization can address all of the issues, and there is a need to coordinate and synthesize the many ongoing efforts and generate collective action. NAM is privileged to lead this Collaborative with the strong commitment of many organizations to tackle the multiple contributory factors collectively to stem this epidemic.”

The full list of organizations that submitted commitments and their statements are available here.

The call for commitment statements remains open, and the Action Collaborative will hold a webinar on Feb. 2 to release several resources and provide an overview of a new online repository aimed at providing users with resources related to burnout and promising solutions to promote clinician well-being.  In addition, a call for artwork to be considered for a gallery expressing clinician well-being is open until Feb. 16.

Launched in 2017, the Action Collaborative is a network of organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout, with the goals of raising the visibility of clinician burnout, improving understanding of challenges to clinician well-being, and elevating evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond.  It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community.  Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.  The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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