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Werdie van Staden
James Appleyard


This issue features the third set of articles in the volume on work–life balance and burnout. It focuses on burnout among physicians and an intervention pursuing well-being by which to prevent or recover from burnout. Burnout among physicians is addressed from perspectives from the United Kingdom (UK), Nordic countries, Japan and Germany [4]. Different from the focus on burnout among physicians in these four articles, another article [7] focuses on interventions that pursue well-being by which one may prevent or recover from burnout.
Burnout is a global problem adversely affecting physicians and patient care. In the UK, the first article shows, burnout among about a third of physician puts their national health service at risk. Burnout is linked to working conditions leading to emotional exhaustion and impediments to a good work–life balance. Working conditions brought about by regulatory changes in Japan and Germany feature respectively in the third and fifth articles. The fourth article drawing on Nordic studies underscores the person-centered point that burnout among physicians is adversely affecting the very foundation of the physician’s work, that is, the relationship with the patient. This issue, furthermore, features an article on the quantitative effects that well-being interventions had on the personality and health of a sample of refugees living in Sweden.

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Werdie van Staden

Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry; Director of the Centre for Ethics of Philosophy of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Board Member of the International College of Person-Centered Medicine

James Appleyard

President International Association of Medical Colleges; Board Adviser and Former President, International College of Person Centered Medicine; Former President, World Medical Association; Former Consultant Pediatrician Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, Kent, UK