AACP EVP and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine to Join NAM Clinician Well-Being Steering Committee

National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being

AACP EVP and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine will join the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being as a member of the steering committee. NAM launched the Collaborative more than four years ago to address the alarming rates of burnout across all specialties and care settings in the United States. 

AACP joins a community of more than 200 organizations, who are committed to reversing clinician burnout trends and advancing evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being at both the individual and systems levels. The Collaborative is chaired by Drs. Victor Dzau, Darrell Kirch, Vivek Murthy and Thomas Nasca.

About the Collaborative

Clinicians are experiencing alarming rates of burnout that can lead to serious consequences, including reduced job performance, increased turnover, medical errors, and clinician suicide. A focus on clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care.

Established in 2017, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being (the Collaborative) has made important contributions to address the burnout crisis by aligning over 80 key players within the U.S. health system and galvanizing a growing network of more than 200 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. The Collaborative has made great strides in raising the visibility of clinician anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and suicide, as well as improving baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being. The Collaborative also continues to advance evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions to improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.

Phases I-II (2017 to 2020): Building a Community around Clinician Well-Being

At the outset, the Collaborative focused on creating a community for stakeholders to discuss clinician well-being and share ideas. Working groups identified evidence-based strategies to engage leadership, break the culture of silence, organize promising practices and metrics, address workload and workflow, and act on recommendations to improve clinician well-being. Products and activities of the Collaborative include an online knowledge hub, a series of NAM Perspectives papers, an art exhibit, and a conceptual model that reflects the domains affecting clinician well-being.

Phase III (2021 to 2022): Creating a National Strategy for Clinician Well-Being

Informed by discussion with multidisciplinary experts and stakeholders, the Collaborative will expand on its portfolio to include three working groups. They reflect areas where the Collaborative has the ability and the capacity to make concrete progress over two years, and allow the Collaborative to capitalize on the window of opportunity to care for caregivers throughout COVID-19. These areas of focus include laying the groundwork for a national strategy, developing a comprehensive approach to apply emerging lessons from the effects of COVID-19, and implementing evidence-based tools for clinician well-being. The Collaborative will also engage with a broad network to plan for and create lasting change.