Change in Faculty Perceptions of Burnout and Work Life in an Academic General Medicine Clinic: a Pre-Post Study
Burnout is prevalent among primary care physicians and contributes to job turnover and poor patient care.1 Interventions addressing adverse work conditions may reduce burnout.2 We evaluated the impact of workflow and workload interventions targeted to physician-reported concerns following participation in a national academic general internal medicine burnout survey.1
This was a pre-post intervention study of primary care physician faculty members of a large academic division of general internal medicine (GIM). In 2015, 3 focus groups were conducted with 20 physicians to better understand the physician experience in practice. Thematic content analysis identified a number of physician concerns including excessive clinic and home electronic health record (EHR) time as a primary driver of stress and work dissatisfaction. In particular, excessive EHR in-box message volume and cross-coverage responsibilities for residents and other faculty were felt to be unsustainable....
Compliance with Ethical Standards
This study was reviewed and exempted by the University of California San Francisco institutional review board.
Conflict of Interest
Dr. Linzer consulted for UCSF to measure burnout. Funds for this consultation were donated to the Hennepin Health Foundation to support wellness activities and research. All remaining authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.
- 3.American Medical Association Steps Forward. Preventing Physician Burnout. https://edhub.ama-assn.org/steps-forward/module/2702509. Accessed May 1, 2019.