Pearl of the Week: Write down inspiring patient stories

Reconnect to your values and meaning.

STEPS Forward Pearl of the Week

Physicians can feel buried with a number of common demands: a full inbox, chart maintenance, and following numerous guidelines and regulations.

Taking time to write patient stories as narratives can be a powerful technique to connect with emotions stirred up by patient interaction—and can help reflect on the meaning you find in what you do. Reconnecting with your values and meaning can help protect against burnout.

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