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Burned out physicians need to learn how to assess themselves and the cause of stress. A close friend and coworker can also this self-assessment, because most physician deny tehir problem.

Life priorities need to be specified and decision made as to wether they are supported by current behavior, and whether adequate reward exists. Physicians have to learn to value themselves, to recognize that all demands made upon could not be met. Essential priorities have to be determined.

Sharing and expressing feelings and frustrations with family members, and friends will help relieve tension, increase empathy and understanding of significant others and prevent communication breakdowns (3).