Patients with persistent mental illness often have chronic and relapsing symptoms, with varying clinical course….
Through research and partnering, the Ruth Carr Program for Physician Vitality examines the meaning and challenge of being a physician today. Its activities are especially aimed at advancing the success of female physicians. In today’s context of rapid change and consolidation in health care, there is an urgent need for physicians to maintain a sense of purpose at work, utilize their reflective capacity, and nurture supportive relationships with colleagues. Unfortunately, a large literature suggests that many physicians struggle with emotional exhaustion and declining satisfaction and that they commit suicide at rates much higher than expected. Physician distress can compromise care quality and inhibit the compassionate engagement that is core to patient-centered care. The Program explores strategies to prevent physician distress, isolation, and suicide; to help physicians to build shared purpose; and to renew their vitality at work.