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Fighting stress and burnout in your clinic

Medical Environment Update, October 1, 2019

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Some of the biggest hazards facing medical staff (and the patients they treat) are lack of rest, long hours, and stressful conditions.

by John Palmer

As shorter days and longer nights take hold in October and your clinic staff start taking on an increased workload of flu patients and busier waiting rooms, the pressure will be on.

If you or your employees are feeling the stress pile up, you’re not alone. According to a 2016 Mayo Clinic study, at least 15%–20% of adults in the U.S. report high levels of stress. The study, reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, concluded that stress and burnout is a major problem in the medical industry, leading to negative health behaviors. It recommended that companies integrate and enroll employees into wellness programs designed to reduce stress and fatigue.

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