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American Association for Physician Leadership

Getting Serious About People Over Profit: Addressing Burnout by Establishing Meaning and Connection

Greg P. Couser, MD, MPH

David E. “Daven” Morrison, MD

Andrew O. Brown, MD

July 8, 2022

Physician Leadership Journal

Volume 9, Number 3, Pages 29-35



Important findings pertaining to burnout in physicians and nurses have been published over the past year. New findings occur in the context of significant cultural changes, ecological dangers, new financial trends, and evolution in the way organizations measure performance. These changes may provide an opportunity for organizations to focus on priorities that transcend profit. One way healthcare leaders can address burnout is by attending to what matters most to healthcare workers. The authors, all psychiatrists who work with business leaders, review what is currently recommended for burnout and then offer guidance. The importance of leaders thinking beyond financial materiality to psychological materiality as well as leaders and employees exploring meaning and connection at work are emphasized as antidotes to burnout.

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