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Who is responsible for my health?

Is it I?  My family?  My doctor? My employer?  The Health Care or Public Health System? All of the above?

What if I am burned out, a doctor, or a burned-out doctor? Who then, is responsible for my health? Is the answer the same? Are doctors alone responsible for their own health? Or is it a systems issue? If the impact of burnout in health professionals extends beyond the individual to the system and to the health of the population then isn’t this a public health crisis- and aren’t we all then responsible to lead change? 

This debate is front and center across academic centers and hospital systems nationwide, with strong opinions on both sides.  Physicians who place health and wellness above all values are insulted to be accused of not caring for themselves. They maintain that they have the knowledge and skills to promote health and wellness in others, but they push back, stating that self-care in a toxic environment is not humanly possible.  Th...

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