Can Shared Decision Making Improve Physician Well-Being and Reduce Burnout?

Claudia C Dobler, Colin P West, Victor M Montori

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There are many causes of physician burnout in today's health care environment, including an ever increasing administrative workload, pressure to do more work in less time, and a drive to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Importantly, lack of meaning in work is a crucial documented driver of physician burnout. Clinical encounters perceived as meaningful by physicians could therefore potentially positively impact physician well-being. Here we reflect on the potential of interventions that aim to enhance the patient-physician interaction, such as shared decision making, to improve physician well-being by facilitating interactions with patients that are perceived as meaningful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1615
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


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