October 2010

October 2010

Physicians lack confidence to counsel patients on lifestyle

This article from HealthLeaders Media is a perfect example of what we found in our research, self-caring must come first. The study done at the University of Wisconsin concluded: “personal behaviors [of physicians] including regular exercise and better training in counseling techniques may improve patient counseling.”

While this research only focused on diet and exercise, it’s a microcosm of the universe of self-caring. Personal practices at home (Dimension #1) and at work (Dimension #2) equip all of us to have more meaningful interactions with others (Dimension #3).

The top barrier for physicians not exercising: their work schedule. This gets to Dimensions #4 and #5. What does that say about our “healthcare” when our healthcare organizations don’t have processes and business models that support well-being and self-caring?

 

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