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Running on empty: a review of nutrition and physicians' well-being
  1. Maryam S Hamidi1,
  2. Miranda K Boggild1,2,
  3. Angela M Cheung1,2
  1. 1University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Angela M Cheung, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, EN 7-221, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C4; angela.cheung{at}


Resident and physician burnout is a complex issue. Adequate nutrition and hydration play important roles in the maintenance of health and well-being of all individuals. Given the high prevalence of burnout in physicians, we believe that in addition to issues related to heavy workload, structure and length of shifts, the current status of physicians' nutrition and hydration and their effects on their work performance and well-being should also be addressed. In this review, we summarise the current evidence on the potential effects of nutrition and hydration on physicians' occupational well-being and performance, identify gaps and discuss opportunities to address nutrition as one of the important means of improving physicians' well-being.

  • well-being
  • Wellness

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