The Physician's Physician

The Role of the Psychiatrist in Helping Other Physicians and Promoting Wellness

Keisuke Nakagawa, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees

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Abstract

Psychiatrists have valuable training, knowledge, and experience to serve as champions for physician health. The prevalence of physician burnout, suicide, and depression negatively affects the health care system at a critical time when the country faces a physician shortage, increasing costs, and a push toward higher quality of care. Psychiatrists are in prime position to serve as the “Physician's Physician” and lead their organizations to increase awareness, build capacity, and drive cultural change. New leadership opportunities exist for psychiatrists, including the role of chief wellness officer, serving on physician well-being committees, and learning skills required to treat other physicians as patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Physician's Role
Psychiatry
Physicians
Quality of Health Care
Suicide
Learning
Organizations
Depression
Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health

Keywords

  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Physician health
  • Physician health program
  • Physician well-being
  • Physician well-being committee
  • Suicide
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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