We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/3 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw) on the topic of “Patient Burnout.”
“We talk a lot about physician burnout. When do we talk about patient burnout?”
A few weeks ago I tweeted this out and it seems to have struck a nerve. Patient (and caregiver) burnout is a topic that is not addressed nearly enough outside of patient communities. However, burnout needs to be recognized and acknowledged in order to understand the patient experience and to create new solutions to improve health.
Patients are tasked with a lot to maintain and improve their health – things like scheduling appointments, dealing with insurance, managing multiple medications at the pharmacy, preparing for and going to appointments, communicating with healthcare providers, coordinating care between providers, and following care plans at home. All of this is in addition to their everyday lives – including family, work, social lives, and more – and dealing with sometimes very disabling conditions or while in great pain.
Providers who recognize this burnout may be able to understand why a patient might be “noncompliant” and find ways to address the patient’s needs. And those in HIT who want to create real change, can learn from the patient experience and work with patients to ease the burden patients face in managing their health.
Note: Before the chat, you might read: Rethinking the patient: using Burden of Treatment Theory to understand the changing dynamics of illness (open access).
Join us as we dive into this topic during this week’s #HITsm chat using the following questions.
Topics for This Week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What does patient burnout mean to you? #hitsm
T2: What would you like healthcare providers to know about patient burnout? #hitsm
T3: How could healthcare providers help you feel less burnt out? #hitsm
T4: What ways can technology help ease patient burnout? #hitsm
T5: What ways has technology made patient burnout worse? #hitsm
BONUS: What helps you deal with patient burnout? What advice would you give to other patients about burnout? Or what do you wish others had told you about burnout? #hitsm
11/17 – TBD
Hosted by TBD
11/24 – Thanksgiving Break!
12/1 – Using Technology to Fight EHR Burnout
Hosted by Gabe Charbonneau, MD (@gabrieldane)
12/15 – TBD
Hosted by David Fuller (@genkidave)
We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.
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