According to Medscape’s 2018 national physician burnout report, 42 percent of physicians surveyed report feeling burned out in their current position. Burnout is defined by feelings of exhaustion, neglect and a lack of control.
As a part of TeamHealth’s commitment to physical and mental well-being, we invest in programs to help lessen and aid clinicians with burnout incidents. In 2016, we enhanced available wellness resources through our LiveWell WorkLife Services to help colleagues combat personal challenges—burnout, depression, anxiety, financial and legal issues and more. Through LiveWell WorkLife Services, associates receive unlimited telephonic consultation, support and educational resources and have 24/7/365 access to speak one-on-one with a masters-level counselor. If personal therapy sessions are needed, associates, spouses or children can attend up to three in-person therapy sessions per year per issue, and the sessions are 100 percent covered if referred through LiveWell WorkLife Services. Other benefits and resources include access to:
- Legal support
- Financial support
- Adult/Elder Services
- Child/Parenting Services
- Convenience Services
- Life Learning
- Chronic Condition Support Services
- Critical Response Support
These health resources and personalized support services help our clinicians and non-clinical associates find the balance, encouragement and care needed to live the healthiest lives possible.
“TeamHealth is truly interested in and committed to the wellness of our clinicians. Life can be very complicated, not to mention the professional challenges we face every day. We need to do all we can to create an environment that is safe and fulfilling, but we understand that your personal needs are just that, personal,” said Dr. Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, Chief Medical Officer, Hospital-Based Services, Chief Risk Officer, Executive Director of the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization.
“We have provided a wonderful collection of resources, but we understand that asking for help can sometimes be difficult, and you shouldn’t have to worry about our involvement. If you need us, we’re here, but we respect your privacy. If you ever want to explore these resources or need assistance, this will remain anonymous and confidential and is between you and those providing the services.”
Dr. Klauer goes on to say, “Regarding suicide prevention, it’s important to note that stress, burnout and even mental illness are not signs of weakness, but are signs of the complexities of our lives. Ignoring the early signs can lead to something far more devastating. Suicide prevention month is also about recognizing the importance of Day-to-day wellness so none of us ever reaches the point where death looks somehow more appealing than life. Please take the time to care for your own mental health and support those around you.”