Topics: Physicians

Healthcare Professionals’ Mental Health Needs: Where Can They Go?

two exhausted surgeons with hands on head


Recent research has found that not only are nearly 40% of surveyed physicians burned out, but 40% are also experiencing depression. For many reasons — stigma among them — these professionals are not getting mental health support. Physician health programs, in collaboration with professional societies, are trying to change that by working with state licensure boards and other groups.

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January 29, 2020

Physician Burnout: Definition(s), Cause(s), Impact(s), Solution(s)

Burnout graphic featuring a stethoscope on fire


National research has revealed it and rural research suggests it: over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. This in-depth story reviews information about burnout in healthcare professions and for physicians in particular. Along with reviewing causes and impact, a medical school wellness-advocate, a researcher, and a large healthcare organization with a rural footprint shared interventions and solutions.

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January 22, 2020

Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)

keyboard enter key labeled with the word "Burnout"


Over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. A closer look at research indicates that not only is this a system problem rather than an individual problem, but that burnout impacts a system’s revenue streams, healthcare quality, and patient safety and satisfaction. Experts suggest the problem may even be of more concern in rural areas.

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January 22, 2020

Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas

Dr. John Cullen, holding two babies he delivered


Obstetric services were available in 205 fewer rural hospitals in 2014 than in 2004. Realizing the importance of maternity and childbirth services, a CAH in Alaska works to keep its providers’ skills sharp and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin is beginning to train a new generation of physicians.

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July 11, 2018

An Interview with David Schmitz

David Schmitz


NRHA president-elect David Schmitz, MD, shares his thoughts on the recruitment of healthcare providers, training rural physicians, and the challenges and rewards of rural practice.

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July 13, 2016

Counteracting the Darkness of Physician Burnout

Signs of Physician Burnout


Physician burnout is rising as a popular healthcare topic, but the reality has been an ongoing problem in rural health settings. Dr. Jill Kruse shares her burnout experience, how she overcame it, and what she is doing to help others, while Dr. Randall Longenecker gives tips on building resiliency.

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March 16, 2016