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Journal Articles on Burnout
Physician burnout: coaching a way out. JGIM 2015;30(4):508-13.
Demonstrates the potential of coaching to minimize the negative effects of excessive burnout. Professional coaching, practiced and applied for many years in the business world, provides a way of addressing stress and burnout. Shows how coaching can improve self-awareness, utilize individual strengths, and help resolve individual self-defeating thoughts .
Changes in burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance in physicians and the general US working populationbetween 2011 and 2014. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Dec;90(12):1600-13.
Evaluates the prevalence of both burnout and work satisfaction. Explores the model of work life balance. Traces a worsening trend that afflicts most physicians. The study utilized a combination of standardized tools as well as other, validated metrics.
Disturbing trends in physician burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance.Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Dec;90(12):1593-6.
When physicians are hurting, so are their patients! Lays out many disturbing trends pertaining to the stressed and distressed physicians in the United States and provides disturbing data such as increasing suicide rates and other mental health problems. Those who work without getting needed treatment are more error prone and their patients show less compliance with care.
A survey of US physicians and their partners regarding the impact of work-home conflict. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan;29(1):155-61. 2013 Sep 17.
Focuses on the stress of work and home professional conflict that can disrupt work-life balance among physicians, including households with dual professionals juggling multiple demands. Analysis of those factors associated with work-home conflict from a survey of almost 90,000 physicians from all medical specialties.
Burnout and associated factors among members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. Am J Obstet Gynecol
436 physician members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology responded to a survey to measure stress, emotional exhaustion, burnout, career satisfaction and quality of life. Low levels of career satisfaction is strongly associated with burnout. Different from depression or stress, burnout is endemic to physicians.
Predictors of Well-Being in Resident Physicians: A Descriptive and Psychometric Study. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Mar;7(1):70-4
It is important to describe the characteristics of well-being in resident physicians to develop resident wellness initiatives in postgraduate medical education.
Understanding the inverse care law: a register and survey-based study of patient deprivation and burnout in general practice
According to the inverse care law, there is a mismatch between patients’ medical needs and medical
care supply. As an example, the number of doctors is often lower in areas with high deprivation compared to areas
with no deprivation, and doctors with a deprived patient population may experience a high work pressure, have
insufficient time for comprehensive tasks and be at higher risk for developing burnout.
Physician satisfaction and burnout at different career stages
Explores the work lives, professional satisfaction, and burnout of US physicians by career stage and differences across sexes, specialties, and practice setting. Burnout, satisfaction, and other professional challenges for physicians vary by career stage.
Workaholism: are physicians at risk?
Results of two workplace surveys at medical center in France, the Work Addiction Risk Test and the Job Contents Questionnaire to assess psychosocial constraints at work. Certain groups showed higher average work addiction risk score, but no association with gender or age. Highlights the importance of constraints and workload, and individual vulnerability factors.
Physician satisfaction and burnout at different career stages. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Dec;88(12):1358-67.
Career stage affects the level of burnout and efforts might need to be tailored accordingly - and be extended to cover even mid- to late career.
Resident wellness behaviors: relationship to stress, depression , and burnout. Fam Med. 2013 Sep;45(8):541-9
A lifestyle behavior measure was developed after 168 first year family medicine residents completed an online questionnaire, exploring perceived stress, depression, satisfaction with life, and burnout. Instead of focusing on negative factors, assesses well-being mediating behaviors.