Provider Self-Care, Health and Happiness: A Foundational Road to Effective Lifestyle Medicine
Physician and other health worker burnout is a pressing, complex, dangerous, and systemic problem. One study comparing physicians in 2011 to 2014 discovered an increase from 45.5% (n=3310) to 54.4% (n=3680) in those who reported at least one symptom of burnout. As a result of burn out, physician depression and suicides are all too common. Moreover, research has shown that lifestyle counseling is more likely to be effective when providers practice what they recommend to patients. This workshop will introduce participants to the application of positive psychology-based strategies for personal health and well-being and for positive relationships with patients. The interactive session will spur a discussion of how participants can implement and advocate for integrating these strategies in their health care settings. Participants will also be guided to initiate their personal well-being action plans focused on positive health (defined as an additional health asset that produces a longer, healthy, and happy life), while at the same time learn to view lifestyle medicine (LM) through the powerful lens of positive psychology.
- Apply key self-care lessons from scientific studies on the link between healthy lifestyles and positive psychology
- Integrate lifestyle and positive psychology strategies into clinical practice to promote the well-being of both patients and health providers
- Implement strategies for well-being into medical office and other health care settings
- Conduct a personal well-being readiness assessment and initiate a well-being action plan