UNC School of Medicine launches Well-Being Index tool

In August, the UNC School of Medicine made a commitment to adding wellness as a critical metric in institutional performance. As a part of that effort, a well-being tracking tool developed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic is being rolled out. Read a memo from Drs. Roper and Burks outlining how to use this new tool and the reasoning behind its launch.

Dear Colleagues,

This past August, the UNC School of Medicine made a commitment to add wellness as a critical metric in our collective performance as an institution. This is part of our adoption of the Quadruple Aim, which seeks to improve provider work life in addition to the traditional aims of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs (Bodenheimer and Sinsky, 2014).

As the wellness of the institution depends on the wellness of each individual, we have joined several other U.S. health care systems and will soon be distributing a well-being tracking tool, developed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.  This brief, online tool is 100% anonymous and evaluates multiple dimensions of distress (fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety/stress, and mental/physical quality of life) among medical and other high-stress professionals. 

The Well-Being Index is designed to:

1)     Encourage self-awareness of well being among each individual and give access to resources when individuals need them the most

2)     Evaluate individual well being and give immediate and confidential feedback based upon individual responses

3)     Allow on both an individual and institution basis, the ability to track and report overall experience compared to the national average.

 

These data will also be compiled anonymously, and used to inform the design of future interventions and other structural changes to address the challenges to well-being we all encounter on a daily basis.

At this point, you have received an email invitation to use the Well-Being Index.  We strongly encourage you to do so as this will allow the UNC SOM to make wellness an integral part of the culture of our institution by fostering the wellbeing of each individual.  

Sincerely,

Bill Roper

Wesley Burks