A Doctor's Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness

A Doctor's Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness

by Catherine Florio Pipas


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Burnout affects a third of our population and over half of our health professionals. For the second group, the impact is magnified, as consequences play out not only on a personal level, but also on a societal level and lead to medical errors, suboptimal care, low levels of patient satisfaction, and poor clinical outcomes. Achieving wellbeing requires strategies for change. In this book, Dr. Pipas shares twelve lessons and strategies for improved health that she has learned from patients, students, and colleagues over her twenty years working as a family physician. Each lesson is based on observation and research, and begins with a story of an exemplary patient whose challenges and successes reflect the theme of the lesson. Along with the lessons, the author offers plans for action, which taken together create the framework for a healthy life. Each lesson concludes with resources and a “health challenge.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512602999
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 494,301
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

CATHERINE FLORIO PIPAS is a professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Table of Contents

Preface • Introduction: The Twenty-First-Century Health Conundrum • PART I. SELF-AWARENESS • Lesson 1. Be Present • Health Challenge #1: Practice Mindfulness • Lesson 2. Ask Questions • Health Challenge #2: Complete a Self-SWOT • Lesson 3. Build Resilience • Health Challenge #3: Perform a Self-Assessment • Lesson 4. Write Your Story • Health Challenge #4: Practice Self-Reflection, and Keep a Journal • PART II. SELF-CARE • Lesson 5. Fill Your Own Tank • Health Challenge #5: Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Spirit • Lesson 6. Establish Trusting Relationships • Health Challenge #6: Give and Receive Feedback • Lesson 7. Replenish 24-7 • Health Challenge #7: Complete a Time Log • Lesson 8. Nurture a Healthy Environment • Health Challenge #8: Model Wellness • PART III. SELF-IMPROVEMENT • Lesson 9. Embrace Change • Health Challenge #9: Initiate a Personal Health-Improvement Tool • Lesson 10. Make Healthy and Authentic Choices • Health Challenge #10: Construct a Cost-Benefit Analysis • Lesson 11. Rewrite Your Story • Health Challenge #11: Seek an Alternate Lens • Lesson 12. Celebrate the Journey • Health Challenge #12: Practice Gratitude • Acknowledgments • References • Index

What People are Saying About This

Aviad Haramati

“You don’t need to be a doctor to benefit from A Doctor’s Dozen. Adapt Dr. Pipas’s twelve strategies into your life and you will be happier and healthier.”

Laurence Bauer

“This book is a primer for all those who seek to learn about the art and science of healing. The book will help the neophyte clinician become oriented to the work of primary care. It will also be of value to the experienced clinician looking to expand his/her helping skills repertoire.”

Ira Byock

“Cathy Pipas reminds us that the cure for burnout is love, first and foremost for ourselves, as well as for our family, friends, and yes, our patients. Well-being is less the result of happy circumstances, than of the determination to keep our hearts open through unhappy circumstances. This book will make me a healthier person and better doctor.”

Michael S Krasner

“Refreshing, relevant, and highly applicable, the lessons contained within A Doctor’s Dozen have the potential to truly heal. It is a clear and compassionate guide for anyone searching for greater health and balance. Dr. Pipas shows us through authentic narratives and heartfelt advice how to better care for ourselves, and by doing so care for others, and humbly offers this gift out of her own deep commitment to the health and well-being of her patients.”

Stacy H. Brungardt

“As I read, I found myself motivated to reflect on how increased attention to mindfulness and self-care can improve my work, relationships, and focus. I plan to share these strategies with others.”

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