Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2019; 32(06): 415-423
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1692710
Review Article
Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

From Burnout to Well-Being: A Focus on Resilience

Najjia N. Mahmoud
1  Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David Rothenberger
2  Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Publication Date:
22 August 2019 (online)


Burnout is a widespread problem in health care. Factors that contribute to enhancing engagement and building resiliency are widely discussed, but the data supporting these practices are not well understood. Interventions aimed at increasing engagement and promoting resiliency are targeted toward individual practitioners, health care institutions, and national organizations. Knowledge of the data supporting various kinds of interventions is vital to implementing change meaningfully. Prevention of burnout should start early in training with appropriate modeling and input from mentors and should incorporate stress management strategies. The most compelling data for building resilience requires institutions, physicians, and their support staff to align their values to create a mutual culture of wellness and engagement. It is imperative that institutional and national reform allows us as physicians to preserve our relationships with patients and colleagues, while also prioritizing time to reflect and pursue outside interests that recharge and restore.