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Workgroup of Physician Well-being and Burnout

This Workgroup, chaired by Richard Summers, MD, meets monthly by phone and met in person at the APA Annual Meeting. In October 2017, the workgroup launched a website, https://psychiatry.org/wellbeing, that includes an online self-assessment tool and well-being resources. Today, the self-assessment tool, which provides a real-time comparison to other physicians on the burnout and depression scale, has received over 900 responses.

The Workgroup is currently analyzing the collected well-being and burnout data to identify factors associated with burnout.

The Workgroup has also created a free Toolkit to help physicians advocate for systemic interventions for wellbeing in their home institution or organization; this Toolkit was launched in January 2018 and is hosted on the well-being website.