EDITORIAL: Addressing wellness

Johny Van Aerde, MD, PhD


Although the WHO has a clear definition of wellness, the term might have a slightly different meaning for each physician and physician leader, depending on where they function in the health care system. It is also important to make the distinction between the tools and skills needed to address burnout versus what is needed to maintain wellness at the personal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic levels of health and health care in Canada.


Many elements affect physician wellness. The articles in this issue of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership address some features of wellness to improve day-to-day life for physicians and physician leaders. Other aspects will be addressed in upcoming issues.


As we come to the end of 2019, the staff of the Canadian Society of Physician Leadership and CJPL wish you and your loved ones health, prosperity, and happiness for the new decade. Happy 2020, and we look forward to seeing you in Vancouver at the Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership 2020!



Johny Van Aerde, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership and executive medical director of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders.


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