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National Academy of Medicine Goes Public With Efforts to Combat Burnout

The National Academy of Medicine called upon the public on Friday to help shape its ambitious plan to combat burnout among doctors, nurses and other health workers.

At an open meeting at the organization's headquarters in Washington, academy President Victor Dzau described outside input as vital in shaping a campaign to change the culture of medicine to be kinder to its practitioners and help them provide better care.

"Today is the first stage," Dzau said. "We're going public with this."

The conference was the latest held by the NAM-organized Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, launched in January. The initiative has grown out of the organization's 20-year-old push, beginning with its landmark report, "To Err Is Human," to heal a health system that it says overburdens practitioners, breeds inefficiency and often results in low-quality, error-prone care.

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