Organizational efforts to improve health care professionals’ well-being should be guided by a
carefully crafted strategy supported by appropriate tactics. Many organizations mistake a
conceptual model or a collection of tactics for a strategy. Strategies should relate to enduring
thematic approaches that will be pursued to make progress toward long-term goals, whereas
tactics refer to specific initiatives or programs intended to advance a component of the
The Best Practice Papers may also be used as a tool to assist policy makers in improving services.
While the Best Practice Papers may be used for reference in any country, local legal, regulatory, policy and
service-delivery contexts may require adaptation of some recommendations; however, it is important to
ensure that evidence-based practice is maintained.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Best Practice Papers are peer-reviewed,
easy-to-use, adaptable documents that set out the essential elements for evidence-based clinical practice.
The best practices described are drawn from current evidence-based guidance produced by organisations
such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the RCOG and the National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence (NICE).
The delivery of safe, effective, and efficient health care requires both technical ability and
an enduring culture of respect within the institution. Respect for People is Virginia Mason
Medical Center’s comprehensive effort to foster an organizational culture of respect. This
multiyear endeavor has engaged every employee through a series of workshops and
ongoing communication. As part of this effort, we sought to evolve the artifacts, norms and
values, and underlying beliefs that constitute our organizational culture. Implementing and
sustaining Respect for People has redefined the health care environment at Virginia Mason,
to the betterment of patients and staff.
Our objective was to estimate the incidence of recent burnout in a large sample of
Taiwanese physicians and analyze associations with job related satisfaction and medical malpractice
The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence
of burnout syndrome among obstetrics and gynecology residents, as well as the relationship between several demographic
and work-related characteristics and the prevalence of burnout. We surveyed 143 residents in obstetrics and gynecology
programs across eight provinces in Canada using an electronic
survey questionnaire and the Maslach Burnout Inventory
Human services survey.