A Doctor’s Dozen

Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness

Catherine Florio Pipas

A Doctor’s Dozen

Catherine Florio Pipas

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

224 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781512602999 Published September 2018
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.”
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
Review Quotes
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"Her solutions are well thought out and documented, and should assist all health care workers with their self-awareness, self-care, and self-improvement issues. The book is a fast and interesting read that should be given to all health care professionals to remind them about the importance of mindfulness. Highly recommended."
 
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