Title

Grief and Burnout in the PICU.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2017

Identifier

DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-4041

Abstract

Doctors and nurses who work in PICUs often deal with emotionally difficult events. These events take a toll. They can cause long-term psychological problems that, if not addressed, can impair the ability of doctors and nurses to care for patients in a competent and compassionate manner. Furthermore, effective treatment is available. But there is a paradox. To get treatment, one must acknowledge the problem. Acknowledgment of the problem may not be encouraged, or may be discouraged and stigmatized, in the intensive care culture. This article describes a case in which a physician has classic signs of overwhelming grief and burnout, and it discusses the appropriate response.

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

139

Issue

5

MeSH Keywords

Burnout, Professional; Female; Grief; Humans; Intensive Care Units; Pediatricians; Physician Impairment; Stress, Psychological

Keywords

Burnout, Professional; Female; Grief; Humans; Intensive Care Units; Pediatricians; Physician Impairment; Stress, Psychological

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