March 8, 2015 |
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
June 15, 2014 |
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
July 31, 2012 |
For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that.
June 2, 2012 |
Three years after the recession's "official" end in June 2009, about 12 million people remain unemployed, with more than three jobless people for every opening, the U.S. Labor Department reports. So why do employers constantly whine about their inability to find the talent they need from an applicant pool that they say lacks skills, rudimentary educational abilities, and even a willingness to work? Sitting in his office at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli asked himself the same question.
October 9, 2009 |
The problem is obvious: Late in every season, Chase Utley becomes tired, and his performance suffers. So what can the Phillies do to address the issue in the future? Manager Charlie Manuel said that rather than try to change anything about Utley's intense approach, he would like an upgrade in the utility infield position, a player who can fill in for Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins when those two need a rest. Two members of this winter's free-agent class would fit that need: Mark DeRosa of the St. Louis Cardinals and Marco Scutaro of the Toronto Blue Jays.
August 25, 2006
Even if you're less impressed (or more exasperated) with Paul Vallas than the folks who gave him a standing ovation Wednesday, here's one reason to be glad Philadelphia's schools chief has a new contract. A hidden secret of school reform is this: Whatever you're doing, you've got to stick with it to get results. The annals of school reform are littered with examples of the "man with a plan" who rides in on a white steed, announces revolutionary change, then a couple of years later slinks away amid burnout or outrage, long before reforms can take root.
June 21, 2006 |
Two weeks into her job as a crime victim advocate in Kensington, Lula Scott stood frozen in fear as a man ran past her on the street, gun raised and aimed at another man. The gunman looked at Scott and the others standing around, then lowered his weapon. Scott wanted to help people when she accepted the job at East Division Crime Victim Services after 28 years of nursing, but she didn't know she would witness violence on the job. "I said to myself, 'I'm not going back.
November 9, 2005 |
Faking your feelings at work, especially if your boss pressures you to do it, is an important factor in burnout, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania. Call-center employees were more likely to feel "emotionally exhausted" - a major component of burnout - if their supervisors stressed strict rules of telephone behavior, such as expecting workers to be nice no matter how rude the caller. While good phone manners are clearly important, companies can pay a high price for requiring perfection.
August 28, 2005 |
Dick Vermeil, considered one of the best Eagles coaches ever, walked away in 1982 after just seven NFL seasons because, he said, he was "burned out. " He was 45. Eddie Bond, a senior-to-be at Eastern High School, wants to walk away from a year-round life of basketball, because of burnout. "I definitely have it," Bond said. "I guess that's bad to say. " Especially if you're 17. Unlike Vermeil, though, Bond has not quit. His father told him that he either needed to play or, gulp, get a job. The 5-foot-9 guard from Berlin chose hoops.
February 5, 2005 |
OK, tomorrow is the big day, the one some of us have been awaiting impatiently for 24 years! So excuse us if we're crazy-pumped here in Eagles nation. But remember, the Super Bowl and its attendant hoopla seem to last longer than a Jerry Lewis telethon. The important thing is, you don't want to peak too early. Otherwise you'll fry out on adrenaline and end up on the floor, curled in a fetal position, hoarse and exhausted, drooling nacho flavoring just as David Akers or Adam Vinatieri is teeing up the kickoff (about 6:18 p.m.)