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Physician Work-Life Integration

Challenges and Strategies for Improvement

KARAKASH, SCARLETT MD*; SOLONE, MICHELLE MD*; CHAVEZ, JORDAN MSW; SHANAFELT, TAIT MD*

doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000442
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Increasing evidence shows physician well-being is linked to patient outcomes, patient and physician satisfaction, and workforce retention. Physician well-being is a broad construct that includes various dimensions of distress (stress, anxiety, fatigue, burnout) and professional fulfillment (meaning in work, engagement). Work-life integration (WLI) is one important component of physician well-being. We will review the current state of WLI among physicians as well as some strategies to improve this aspect of physician well-being. We address this topic through the lens of obstetrics and gynecology, including a discussion of specialty-specific characteristics that present unique challenges and opportunities to improve WLI.

*Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Scarlett Karakash, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive, Rm HH333 MC 5317, Stanford, CA. E-mail: karakash@stanford.edu

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