Weekly News Scan: Avoiding surgery for shoulder pain, Physician burnout rates fall over 10 percent

This week in the news, we include a look at new clinical guidelines outlining the downsides of surgery in the treatment of shoulder pain (and why therapy might be better), a leadership trait we might all be overlooking and more. We hope you enjoy!

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CPG: Avoid Surgery for Atraumatic Shoulder Pain, PT in Motion, February 19, 2019: When it comes to surgery for treatment of shoulder pain, authors of a new practice guideline only have three words – don’t do it. In seven trials totaling 1,014 patients, this group found that decompression surgery resulted in no significant differences in pain or function for patients and this lack of improvement remained at the 6-month and 2 and 5-year follow ups. What’s recommended instead? Exercise therapy, analgesics and injections. Learn more in this article from the APTA.

For the first time, burnout rate among physicians drops in new survey, now below 45%, Fierce Healthcare, February 22, 2019: Good news when it comes to physician burnout. For the first time in six years, the number of physicians who say they suffer from burnout dropped to 43.9% – down from a high 54.4% in 2014. The drop suggests that industry wide efforts to address physician burnout are starting to work. While this is good news, the rate is still much higher than general U.S. employee burn out rates which are also down slightly to 28.1%. This shows that our industry can’t take its foot off the gas pedal when it comes to curbing physician burnout. Learn more in this Fierce Healthcare article.

The Single Leadership Trait All Entrepreneurs Need to Succeed, Entrepreneur, February 19, 2019: Tired of hearing about the importance of honesty, integrity, resilience and empathy as top leadership traits? While it’s hard to disagree these are important traits, one that often gets overlooked is temperament. Daily challenges can all cause worry in even the calmest business leaders, but the timing and tone of the response is key to staying level-headed regardless of the situation. Learn more about this important trait and four ways to become a better leader in this article.

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Taylor Goldsmith

Content Marketing Program Manager

Taylor Goldsmith is the Content Marketing Program Manager at Clinicient where she manages the blog, social media strategy, supports lead generation activities and more. She provides insightful direction to a variety of other daily Clinicient activities and brings to her team knowledge of core and emerging marketing strategies. Taylor earned a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the Portland food scene, and cheer on the Oregon Ducks.

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