Resilience and Wellbeing
Often mentioned and described with burnout, resilience is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’. It has considerable overlap with the concepts of wellness and well-being. There is recognition that the practice of medicine has become more complex. This, alongside changing working patterns, decreased autonomy and increasing regulation and litigation increases the stress experienced by all doctors. Add to this the stresses of a return to work after a prolonged period of absence and it can all become a bit overwhelming. Rather than being just the absence of burnout, resilience is considered to be the ability to thrive in the presence of challenges.