Physician Heal Thyself: New App Promotes Provider Resilience

Provider Resilience Value Card from the Virtues Project Int.

Exercise, mental health days, proper nutrition – sure, providers know how to take care of themselves. The hard part is actually following through. To help support military, civilian Department of Defense (DoD), and TRICARE providers, T2 recently developed a mobile app called Provider Resilience.

DoD medics, nurses, physicians, social workers and other health care providers treat a wide variety of patient needs. In addition to routine preventive medicine, primary and emergency care, our providers care for service members, veterans and military families in the aftermath of trauma. Like any hardworking professionals, health care providers need to take breaks and monitor for signs of burnout. For military providers there are the added risks of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.

Provider Resilience offers a variety of tools to help keep you off the bench. The app shows a dashboard of your overall resilience as well as time elapsed since your last day off. You can also anonymously assess yourself on burnout and professional quality of life (ProQOL). There are several tools to choose from to help build resilience:

  • Isometric exercise you can do at your desk
  • Videos to remind you why you do this sort of work
  • Daily cartoons
  • Value cards from Virtues Project International
  • Tips for staying motivated

You can use Provider Resilience on iOS (Apple) and Android devices. Download it now and let us know what you think.

Julie T. Kinn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Deputy Director of the Mobile Health Program at theNational Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2). She oversees the development of mobile health applications to support the military community.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


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