Doctors of BC has released a new policy statement focusing on physician burdens, which calls on all health system stakeholders in BC to consider the impact of individual demands that physicians face in the health system. Beginning early 2019, Doctors of BC engaged our membership to hear your thoughts on this complex topic, and how it affects you.
Doctors understand the demanding nature of medicine, but often the volume, pace, and accumulation of demands can have burdensome effects on their well-being. These burdens can negatively impact the mental and physical health of doctors, the quality of and access to patient care, as well as overall healthcare system sustainability.
Our members’ valuable feedback raised significant issues and generated insightful ideas for solutions that we assessed to determine feasibility, stakeholder appetite, and impact. You told us that high expectations around healthcare delivery under major time constraints are negatively affecting your well-being, and in some cases leading to burnout.
The policy statement incorporates findings from member outreach, and contains commitments and recommendations based on what you told us:
Doctors of BC will use the recommendations in the policy statement to support our ongoing advocacy work in this area. A larger, more comprehensive policy paper on this issue is forthcoming.