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Integrating Healthcare Worker Wellbeing and Clinical Practice: Sisyphean Task or Reconcilable Duty?

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Health care reforms in the recent decades have created a state of never-ending change that is stressful for health care workers. Health professionals are particularly affected by economic constraints in healthcare systems that challenge their ability to provide high-quality care according to their professional standards.

It is widely accepted that our healthcare employees are under increasing levels of stress, while the demand to provide safer and efficient care is growing in tandem. We run the risk of asking our healthcare workers to do more with less.

The aforementioned is exacerbated by solutions to the problems of healthcare worker wellbeing that valorise individual over organisational and system level approaches. Not surprisingly, such continuous depredation of our health professionals will ultimately be visited upon our patients. There is a growing call for the meaningful engagement of patients and the public in healthcare delivery and design.

Contributing authors will be invited to submit papers from different methodological perspectives that address the central issues in connecting healthcare worker and wellbeing. Contributions to this Research Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Research syntheses that provide new paradigms or theoretical approaches on how to better reconcile health worker wellbeing and clinical practice.

• Comparative analyses that identify the causes/consequences of burnout across both countries and/or healthcare providers.

• Promising interventions aimed at preventing burnout and building engagement in healthcare.

• Policy analyses that seek to address how the needs of health care workers, patients and families can be aligned to promote healthy workplaces.

• Analyses of major datasets that provide insights as to the relative contribution of individual and organisational factors in improving quality of care and patient safety.

• Innovative ‘blue sky’ research that challenges and/or provides new insights into the experience of flourishing among health care workers


Keywords: burnout, healthcare worker wellbeing, patient safety, quality of care, patient experience


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Health care reforms in the recent decades have created a state of never-ending change that is stressful for health care workers. Health professionals are particularly affected by economic constraints in healthcare systems that challenge their ability to provide high-quality care according to their professional standards.

It is widely accepted that our healthcare employees are under increasing levels of stress, while the demand to provide safer and efficient care is growing in tandem. We run the risk of asking our healthcare workers to do more with less.

The aforementioned is exacerbated by solutions to the problems of healthcare worker wellbeing that valorise individual over organisational and system level approaches. Not surprisingly, such continuous depredation of our health professionals will ultimately be visited upon our patients. There is a growing call for the meaningful engagement of patients and the public in healthcare delivery and design.

Contributing authors will be invited to submit papers from different methodological perspectives that address the central issues in connecting healthcare worker and wellbeing. Contributions to this Research Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Research syntheses that provide new paradigms or theoretical approaches on how to better reconcile health worker wellbeing and clinical practice.

• Comparative analyses that identify the causes/consequences of burnout across both countries and/or healthcare providers.

• Promising interventions aimed at preventing burnout and building engagement in healthcare.

• Policy analyses that seek to address how the needs of health care workers, patients and families can be aligned to promote healthy workplaces.

• Analyses of major datasets that provide insights as to the relative contribution of individual and organisational factors in improving quality of care and patient safety.

• Innovative ‘blue sky’ research that challenges and/or provides new insights into the experience of flourishing among health care workers


Keywords: burnout, healthcare worker wellbeing, patient safety, quality of care, patient experience


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 November 2019 Abstract
01 April 2020 Manuscript

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01 April 2020 Manuscript

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