Wellbeing in Healthcare and its Crucial Importance


Healthcare professionals are the backbone of our health system, yet their own well-being is often neglected. Prioritizing their mental, physical, and emotional well-being is not just a nicety, it’s crucial for optimal patient care and a sustainable healthcare system.

Why is ‘healthcare worker well-being’ so important?

  • Burnout and stress: High-pressure environments, demanding workloads, low wage policies can lead to burnout, impacting both individual health and quality of care.
  • Patient safety: Stressed and exhausted healthcare workers are more prone to errors and mistakes, potentially compromising patient safety.
  • Staff retention and recruitment: A culture that prioritizes well-being attracts and retains talent, while a neglectful one contributes to staff turnover and shortages.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Investing in well-being programs demonstrably reduces costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, and staff turnover.

So, what can be done?

  • Organizational support: Creating a culture of well-being through flexible work arrangements, workload management, access to mental health resources, and stress reduction programs.
  • Individual strategies: Encouraging healthcare workers to prioritize self-care, utilize stress management techniques (breath therapies, yoga, meditation, good diet habits, etc.), and maintain healthy work-life boundaries.
  • Systemic changes: Advocating for policy changes that promote fair working conditions, adequate staffing levels, and accessible support services for healthcare professionals.

Investing in healthcare worker well-being is not just the right thing to do, it’s an investment in patient safety, healthcare system efficiency, and ultimately, a healthier society. When the well-being of those who care for the patients is prioritized, they can continue to care in a healthier manner.

This mini review highlights the critical importance of well-being in healthcare, but it’s just a starting point. There’s much more to explore and implement to create a truly supportive and sustainable healthcare environment for all.

Dr. Özdal Ersoy

Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology Specialist

Wellbeing Coach & Biointegrative Breath and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist