Semin Reprod Med 2019; 37(05/06): 246-250
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713428
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Is Patient Advocacy the Solution to Physician Burnout?

Roohi Jeelani
1  Department of Research and Education, Vios Fertility Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Daniel Lieberman
2  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey
Serena H. Chen
3  Department of Reproductive Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey
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Publication Date:
10 July 2020 (online)


Physician burnout has been on the rise over the last several decades in a variety of specialties, leading to high rates of physician suicide and poor health outcomes for patients. As leaders in healthcare attempt to combat this issue through mental health initiatives and changes in medical training policies, we propose patient advocacy as a powerful technique to combat physician burnout and restore autonomy, purpose, and meaning into physicians' lives.