Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs. The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.
Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being
Clinician well-being has become an important focus of attention nationally as alarmingly high and rising rates of burnout, depression, and suicide have been reported among both learners and practitioners in the health professions. In addition to the serious impact on the lives and professional satisfaction of the affected individuals it is increasingly clear that these phenomena are having a negative impact on patient care and on the environment within which students and trainees learn. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has recently undertaken a Clinician Wellness initiative to enlist stakeholders broadly for education and the sharing of best practices in prevention and treatment. NAM is now initiating a major consensus study of the causes of clinician burnout and the interventions to support wellness and resilience.The committee, which will be partially supported by the Foundation, will identify promising tools and approaches to support clinician well-being, identify gaps in the evidence base, and propose a research agenda to address areas of uncertainty.