February 15, 2017
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Organization-directed interventions for burnout may benefit physicians

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Recently published results showed physicians experienced small benefits when they participated in intervention programs for burnout. Adoption of organization-directed approaches may help boost these benefits, according to results.

Maria Panagioti, PhD, of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, and colleagues performed a meta-analysis of 19 randomized clinical trials and controlled before-after studies of interventions that targeted burnout in physicians. Researchers included 20 physician-directed and organization-directed interventions designed to relieve stress or improve performance of physicians and reported burnout outcomes. Researchers measured burnout with validated tools, including the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

Results showed small significant reductions in burnout were associated with interventions. According to results of subgroup analyses, organization-directed interventions had significantly improved effects vs. physician-directed interventions. Compared with interventions delivered to inexperienced physicians and in secondary care, researchers found an association with higher effects among interventions delivered to experienced physicians and in primary care. However, researchers noted these differences were not significant. According to results, risk of bias ratings did not influence the results. – by Casey Tingle

 

Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.