5 stories from 2016 physicians should read — Burnout, opioids & more

Practice Management

Stories addressing work-life balance struck a chord with physicians this year, as many are feeling the heat of burnout. The opioid epidemic and cancer care also sparked interest among physicians.

AMA Wire recommends the top five articles physicians shouldn't miss:


1. "How physician burnout compares to general working population" by Lyndra Vassar — Physician burnout is gaining steam, with physicians noting a 9 percent boost in burnout rates in three years. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic researchers conducted a study comparing work-life balance of physicians to the general U.S. population.

2. "4 physician-recommended steps to work-and home-life balance" by an AMA Wire staff writer — Family physician Sara Taylor, MD, offers advice for achieving work-life balance. Aside from her medical career, Dr. Taylor is passionate about physician wellness and personal development.

3. "A call to action: Physicians must turn the tide of the opioid epidemic" by the AMA's Immediate Past President Steven J. Stack, MD — Dr. Stack outlines physicians' key roles in the fight against the opioid epidemic, offering various strategies for physicians to implement in their practices.

4. "What physicians are saying about the new CDC opioid guidelines" by an AMA Wire staff writer — Following the CDC's release of new clinical guidelines for prescribing opioids, many physicians had a lot of thoughts on the topic.

5. "Cancer medical home model cuts costs, improves care" by Timothy M. Smith — Learn how cancer medical homes reduce costs while enhancing care. The article highlights the cancer medical home model headed by Barbara McAneny, MD, called Come Home.

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