NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020
Atlanta, GA USA
Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) and their new peer curated online community FOR Doctors, the Concierge Medicine Forum (CMF), announced today the addition of free mental health webinars and a list of helpful Physician resources in the form of a Playlist to help Physicians and their Patients address and cope with mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic holiday season.
According to The mental health of doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic (PMID: 32340645), there is evidence that psychological interventions for work stress can be effective in healthcare professionals.52 Recent reviews attest to the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for work stress and suicide ideation;53–57 mindfulness-based interventions also have a sound theoretical basis.58,59 Mindfulness skills are particularly suited to high-stress work settings, in that they can be practised privately or in groups, in almost any environment and can be conducted as briefly as time permits. Negative automatic cognitions are a key trigger in stress reactions.60 Mindfulness interventions encourage us to ‘notice’ our thoughts and to view them as objective events that happen to us. This enables us to objectify our own negative thoughts, gaining a new perspective on how those thoughts influence our emotions and behaviour and enabling better management of the distress that would normally accompany them. The effectiveness of online mindfulness courses also has a good evidence base.61
Inside this educational Playlist, some of the topics/FAQs Concierge Medicine Today and invited experts in mental health will discuss are:
- What percentage of the population experiences anxiety and other mental health issues?
- How has COVID impacted the rates of behavioral health issues?
- What are signs and symptoms of anxiety that concierge physicians should be aware of?
- What strategies can physicians offer to their patients and employees to better manage anxiety?
- Are there external resources that physicians should be aware of to offer to anxious patients or employees?
- And more.
“Physician’s have an impossible job,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of CMT. “When the pandemic started our publication, podcast, educational arm and team was talking to mental health experts on how we can resources, equip, inform and lift the spirits of Physicians. With alarming statistics and rising rates of substance use, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcohol sales, and suicidal ideation cited in medical literature over the past few months, curating specific mental health content around these topics and lifting up the well-being of both Physicians and Patients has been important to our leadership at Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) since the moment this began. For example, having talking points and conversation starters which Doctors can tease out inside the exam room with their Patients. It’s more than just information for Doctors, it’s tools they can use to help them help their Patients.”
Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) is providing access to these resources free of charge and encourages Physicians to start important conversations with Patients:
- NEW, Webinar (WATCH): “Applying Concierge Philosophy to Behavioral Healthcare”
- NEW, Podcast (LISTEN): Navigating Behavioral Health Challenges with Dr. Jonathan Green, PhD
- (PRESS RELEASE) New Study, MDVIP and Ipsos Reveals: Pandemic is Disrupting Healthcare Routines, Challenging Psyche of Americans Across Generations
- NEW, Webinar (WATCH) How to Authentically Connect With Patients via Telemedicine | Part 1 | Rebecca J. Osei, PsyD, ABPP
- NEW, Webinar (WATCH) How to Authentically Connect With Patients via Telemedicine | Part 2 | Rebecca J. Osei, PsyD, ABPP
- (Press Release) In the Midst of a Global Pandemic, ModiHealth Introduces the Bright, Hopeful Future of a Healthcare System Designed to Empower “Your Path to Healthy, Your Way”
- Managing Resistance to Mental Health Treatment. A Discussion with Arden O’Connor about Behavioral Health Resources
- (Press Release) AMA: Integrating behavioral health services into medical practices faces barriers
Concierge Medicine Today (CMT has curated and built a library of resources, interviews and webinars for all Physicians, Nurses, staff, etc., within their new “FOR DOCTORS FORUM” to aid in the conversation healthcare professionals are having through telehealth visits, Zoom visits, in-office exams and telephone calls to your medical practice. Resources and access to mental healthcare professional and your peers is critical in this pandemic.
“We must remove every possible obstacle from the walkway of the worried, restless, irritated, annoyed, fretful, angry, depressed, concerned patient,” says Michael Tetreault, Host of the CMT Concierge Medicine Forum and Editor of the international trade publication, Concierge Medicine Today. “The exam room, the staff, the hallway, the front office and even the parking lot must be ready to serve and receive every Patient with a smile … without frustration, without waiting or last minute interruption. This is hard work. It requires an extra step in preparation which most medical offices and corporate leadership running medical offices are simply unwilling and don’t want to do. It’s different I get it. But this is how we lead Patients into a trusted and confidence-based relationship with their Doctor … by removing every possible obstacle on their path, one day, one step at a time. The goal is progress, not perfection and we must continue to lean in and support Doctors and teams that are will to do what’s difficult and raise the standard of care to a higher level.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) in a press release stated “Just as airlines remind passengers to put on their own oxygen mask before helping others in the event of an emergency, so too should physicians attend to their own mental health and well-being while caring for their patients. This reminder is more important than ever as the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is significant enough to overwhelm even the most seasoned physicians and health care workers,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “Our new mental health resources offer recommendations and strategies that physicians can deploy to help alleviate the immense pressure they’re facing. In turn, this will enable them to deliver the best care possible to their patients, including those impacted by COVID-19.”
- Galbraith, N., Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., & Hassan, T. (2020). The mental health of doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. BJPsych bulletin, 1–4. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2020.44; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7322151/
Editor’s Note: This information does not constitute medical advice. Please seek the help of a licensed professional.
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