After years of research and internal use at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic licensed the Well-Being Index to MedEd Web Solutions to create the online tool so that it can be offered to other institutions to use.
Well-Being Index parent company MedEd Web Solutions holds an exclusive license for all versions of the Well-Being Index and manages the rights to use the software and scoring tools.
Dr. Lotte Dyrbye is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Co-Director of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Medicine Physician Well-Being Program, and Co-Developer of the Well-Being Index. She has conducted numerous national and multi-institutional studies, conducted randomized clinical trials of possible solutions, and is an innovator and thought-leader in well-being.
Her research has translated to meaningful changes for health care providers, including clinician well-being now being on the scorecard for organizational leaders and state medical licensing boards modifying their questions about physicians’ mental health. Dr. Dyrbye’s work was the impetus for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience where she serves on the research subcommittee (2017-present).
She has received 11 competitive research grants to support her work, is frequently invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally, and has authored over 130 journal articles, abstracts, and other written publications related to physician well-being. Her research on well-being in medical students, nurses, residents, and physicians contributes to increased well-being for health care providers and better patient outcomes.
Dr. Tait Shanafelt is an international thought-leader, researcher, and expert in physician well-being. He is Chief Wellness Officer for Stanford Medicine and Associate Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. His pioneering studies in this area nearly 20 years ago, are credited with helping launch the entire field of organizational efforts to promote physician well-being. He was the founding director the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Physician Well-Being Program and served a 3 year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013- 2016. He is the Co-Developer of the Well-Being Index.
He has conducted numerous nationwide studies on clinician well-being and its implications on quality of care as well as led extensive organization-based interventions to improve physician well-being. Dr. Shanafelt’s research was one of the primary motivations for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and he served as a member of the NAM Committee on System Approaches to Support Clinician Well-being. His work is largely credited with shifting the national and international conversation from focusing on increasing physician resiliency to implementing organizational, systemic, and cultural changes to improve conditions for health care professionals.
Dr. Shanafelt has helped hundreds of organizations and their leaders work to reduce burnout and promote professional fulfillment for physicians. He has published over 400 scientific manuscripts as well as over 100 abstracts and book chapters. His studies on healthcare professional well-being have been cited in CNN, USA Today, U.S. News, and the New York Times. In 2018, he was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in healthcare.
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