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Healthy Work Environments & Retention

Leads: Brenda Gamble & Natalie Stake-Doucet

The quality of work environments and the health and well-being of Canada's healthcare workforce both dramatically affect the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of health care services. Rates of burnout and poor mental health issues among health professionals are high and rising, and rates of absenteeism, illness and disability are higher in the health workforce than any other worker group in Canada. Work in this thematic area will focus on the development of healthy workplaces, defined by the Quality Worklife- Quality Healthcare Collaborative as "a work setting that takes a strategic and comprehensive approach to providing the physical, cultural, psychosocial and work/job design conditions that maximize health and wellbeing of healthcare providers, quality of patient outcomes and organizational performance". This theme will also focus on issues of work-life balance, stress, burnout, absenteeism, illness and disability among health workers, and optimizing the mental and physical well-being of the health workforce.