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[Comment] Doing something about physician burnout

Burnout affects more than half of practising physicians and is on the rise.1 When burnout was seen as a crisis of wellbeing—affecting physicians’ personal lives and work satisfaction—it garnered little public sympathy and could be dismissed as the whining of a privileged class. Now that evidence suggests that burnout negatively affects physicians’ effectiveness and availability to patients, as well as patient safety, physicians, health-care organisations, and the public are justifiably worried about quality of patient care and the health of health-care institutions.