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Chapter:A Background on the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative and National Plan Process

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Suggested Citation:"A Background on the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative and National Plan Process." National Academy of Medicine. 2022. National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26744.
Suggested Citation:"A Background on the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative and National Plan Process." National Academy of Medicine. 2022. National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26744.

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APPENDIX A Background on the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative and National Plan Process Established in 2017, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (the Collaborative) has made important contributions to address the burnout crisis by aligning over 100 key players within the U.S. health system and galvanizing a growing network of more than 200 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. The Collaborative has made great strides in raising the visibility of clinician anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and suicide, as well as improving baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being. The Collaborative also continues to advance evidence- based, multidisciplinary solutions to improve patient care by car- ing for the caregiver. PHASE I (2017 TO 2020): BUILDING A COMMUNITY AROUND CLINICIAN WELL-BEING At the outset, the Collaborative focused on creating a commu- nity for stakeholders to discuss clinician well-being and share ideas. Working groups identified evidence-based strategies to en- gage leadership, break the culture of silence, organize promising practices and metrics, address workload and workflow, and act on recommendations to improve clinician well-being. Products and activities of the Collaborative include an online knowledge hub, a series of NAM Perspectives papers, an art exhibit, and a conceptual model that reflects the domains affecting clinician well-being (all 73

74 | National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being materials listed are available at: cian-resilience-and-well-being/). PHASE II (2021 TO 2022): CREATING A NATIONAL PLAN FOR HEALTH WORKFORCE WELL-BEING Informed by discussions with multidisciplinary experts and stakeholders during COVID-19, the Collaborative reflected on how to capitalize on the lessons learned and opportunities to strength- en workforce well-being. Since 2021, the Collaborative has been organized into three Working Groups: 1. The Working Group on Implementing Tools to Improve Cli- nician Well-Being aims to catalyze the uptake of evidence- based practices and the implementation of tools to support health care leaders in improving clinician well-being on the frontlines of care. 2. The Working Group on Mobilizing National Stakeholders for Clinician Well-Being aims to create a national strategy for clinician well-being by mobilizing and sustaining the en- gagement, resources, and accountability of key health care stakeholders. 3. The Working Group on Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on Clinician Well-Being aims to support the health care workforce during the pandemic and to apply emerging les- sons from COVID-19. In November 2021, members of the Collaborative’s Steering Com- mittee met to identify priority areas to advance health care worker well-being. The Steering Committee participated in six meetings between December 2021 and May 2022 to lead the conceptualiza- tion, outlining, drafting, and editing of the National Plan, with in- put from all Collaborative members. A draft of the National Plan was made publicly available for any member of the public to pro- vide feedback in May 2022. The final text of the National Plan is the culmination of committee deliberations, consideration of public input, and completion of the NAM peer review process. PREPUBLICATION COPY - Uncorrected Proofs

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In the United States, 54% of nurses and physicians, 60% of medical students and residents, and 61% of pharmacists have symptoms of burnout. Burnout is a long-standing issue and a fundamental barrier to professional well-being. It was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health workers who find joy, fulfillment, and meaning in their work can engage on a deeper level with their patients, who are at the heart of health care. Thus, a thriving workforce is essential for delivering safe, high-quality, patient-centered care.

The National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being is intended to inspire collective action that focuses on changes needed across the health system and at the organizational level to improve the well-being of the health workforce. As a nation, we must redesign how health is delivered so that human connection is strengthened, health equity is achieved, and trust is restored. The National Plan’s vision is that patients are cared for by a health workforce that is thriving in an environment that fosters their well-being as they improve population health, enhance the care experience, reduce costs, and advance health equity; therefore, achieving the “quintuple aim.”

Together, we can create a health system in which care is delivered joyfully and with meaning, by a committed team of all who work to advance health, in partnership with engaged patients and communities.

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