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Doctors Need to Prioritize Their Own Healthy Habits

Dr. Peter PronovostDr. Peter Pronovost

Does the personal health and wellness of medical professionals impact patients? Yes—and care providers acting as health role models is critical to increasing patient safety and adherence to doctors’ advice, says Peter Pronovost in the Wall Street Journal’s online feature of commentary by experts in health care. Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, advocates for clinicians to care for themselves physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Read his article, “Doctors Should Be Better Role Models for Wellness.”

In 2012, Johns Hopkins medical students created The Patient Promise, a professional oath to follow the basics of healthy living, such as exercising, getting enough sleep and eating healthy meals.

Read more insights from Pronovost on his patient safety and quality blog. Learn more about how the Armstrong Institute is improving the safe and effective delivery of health care around the world.