ArticleExemplary Physicians' Strategies for Avoiding BurnoutMeldrum, Helen EdDAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, Program in Health Sciences and Industry, Bentley University. Correspondence: Helen Meldrum, EdD, 175 Forest St. Waltham, MA 02452 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: October 2010 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 324-331 doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3181fa037a Buy Metrics Abstract Burnout has damaging effects on physicians. This research reveals how outstanding doctors avoid burnout. Winners of the American Medical Association Foundation's Pride in the Professions Award were interviewed to learn how they manage burnout. Information was collected through telephone interviews. The data were categorized through content analysis. The results showed that techniques for avoiding burnout varied and included setting limits, sharing issues with family and friends, physical exercise, cultivating relaxation, and humor. These doctors have become skilled at recognizing the signs of burnout and countering its effects while maintaining the highest standard of care and demonstrating leadership in their vocation. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.