Meru Health partners up in the US
Finnish company Meru Health has partnered up with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) to pilot a digital burnout and depression reduction programme among physicians.
Meru Health has created an eight-week digital therapeutics programme for burnout and depression, including a smartphone application, a personal licensed therapist and an anonymous peer-group functionality. It combines evidence-based psychological therapies and mindfulness-based intervention.
Now Meru Health and PAMF (part of Sutter Health Group) will pilot the programme among 30 physicist in order to understand the feasibility, acceptability and efficiency of the Meru Health program within this professional group.
“We are excited to start this pilot collaboration with Meru Health to help our physicians and other healthcare professionals at PAMF,” says doctor Fannie Huang, co-chair, Physician Wellbeing Committee, PAMF, in a press release. It is clear that there is great need for easily accessible and discreet solutions for addressing burnout and depression.”
Burnout and depression are common among US physicians and can have major consequences.
A 2015 study from Mayo Clinic reported that 54 per cent of US physicians have at least one symptom of burnout. Meanwhile, a 2015 JAMA study found that 29 per cent of resident physicians suffer from significant depression symptoms, and a 2008 NCBI study found that depressed resident physicians made 6.2 times more medication errors.