How to prevent physician burnout with a patient centred approach

Clinical shortages and capacity issues within the healthcare sector have existed for years – but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many of these underlying problems to light in a new way. So how can a patient-centred approach change this, and what role does Temedica play in shaking up the healthcare sector?

Why are we talking about this?

It’s no surprise to hear that burnout is a widespread aspect of life as a physician or clinician – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Traditional approaches to care have often centred around tried-and-tested methods that largely focus on the results of lab-based clinical trials, using the insights derived from tightly monitored settings to influence medical best practices in real-world contexts. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for any given indication, and physicians often find themselves in a position in which the same patients come back time and time again to find a solution that works for them.

What are the symptoms of physician burnout?

Given the current state of the healthcare sector – long hours, high-pressure and time-sensitive situations and, as is more often than not the case, an overwhelmingly stressful working environment – the figures of physician-reported burnout hardly come as a shock. A recent study suggested that over a quarter of doctors indicated a high prevalence of work-related burnout symptoms, with levels of life and job satisfaction decreasing dramatically over the course of the past decade. Put simply, physicians have too much on their plate – and an ongoing global pandemic doesn’t exactly help.

While this might not at first glance seem to be an issue working its way to the top of the agenda, there are myriad reasons why it ought to be. Burned-out physicians and clinicians aren’t just experiencing low levels of happiness and an overall decline in mental health, but might also lead to:

  • Impaired cognitive ability
  • Patient-related burnout
  • Negatively affected decision-making skills
  • Limited or inappropriate treatment suggestions
  • Low levels of patient satisfaction
  • Poor long-term patient outcomes

Why do physician burnout solutions need a patient-centred approach?

Fortunately, this is where a compassionate, patient-centred approach steps in. By taking the time to understand patient behaviour – think prescriptions and sales data, as well as patient-reported data – physicians and clinicians are better able to design individualised treatment plans that put the patient back in the centre of it all.

Avoiding errors and reducing inefficiency levels is something the healthcare sector has been keen to explore for some time – but knowing where to start might seem a little overwhelming. Data-based solutions – such as the Permea Patient Monitor – help HCPs recognise trends within their patient cohort, allowing practitioners to get to grips with how their patients are responding to treatment in the real world.

With innovative data-driven approaches to care, physicians and clinicians are provided with a unique opportunity to fully understand their patients and individuals. By offering HCPs a 360° view of the patient journey, the possibilities to determine which course of action would be most appropriate using insights derived from real-world settings are endless.

From machine learning algorithms assessing the treatment plan most likely to result in positive long-term outcomes to patient-reported wants, needs, and expectations, the information offered through monitor solutions takes some of the pressure off the many HCPs in need of support – giving physicians and clinicians breathing room to make the right choices for the person who matters most: the patient. 


Temedica empowers patients in their day-to-day lives via custom built app solutions for chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. We support life science clients across the fields of R&D, medical, market access and commercial with access to anonymised, aggregated datasets which deliver actionable insights. 

Interested in gaining a longitudinal understanding of a specific therapy area based on real-world-data? Learn more about our Product - Permea here. 


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