Work and the Loneliness Epidemic (Harvard Business Review)

During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness. Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a dayand even greater than that associated with obesity. Loneliness is also associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety. At work, loneliness reduces task performance, limits creativity, and impairs other aspects of executive function such as reasoning and decision making. For our health and our work, it is imperative that we address the loneliness epidemic quickly. Read the full article. #publi

Vivek Murthy, MD, turns focus to physician well-being (AMA Wire)

After two and a half years as the U.S. surgeon general addressing matters of vital importance to the public’s health, Vivek Murthy, MD, is calling for greater attention and evidence-based action on another critical issue—physicians’ well-being. In an interview with AMA Wire®, Dr. Murthy described “watching kind, brilliant, idealistic colleagues become cynical and burned out as they realized they couldn’t provide the care their patients needed in a broken system.” Read the full article. #interview #emotionalwellbeing

Former Surgeon General: I'm Worried About America's Stress (National Geographic)

As U.S. Surgeon General from 2014 until spring 2017, Vivek Murthy, 40, extended his office’s public health advocacy to matters such as reliable transportation, safe neighborhoods, and affordable housing. Now, he continues to push to reduce stigmas around mental illness and to promote emotional well-being and healthy habits. He spoke to National Geographic. Read the full interview. #interview #emotionalwellbeing #stress