There’s lots of talk about physician burnout. There’s even more talk about how we get rid of it. Everyone has a solution. But the problem with the conversation is that burnout is a sign, not a disease. Burnout is the downstream result of a number of complex upstream problems. But it’s rarely the problem.
Focusing on fixing burnout is like trying to eliminate fever during a COVID outbreak.
Physician burnout needs attention. But not as much as the things causing it.
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