Physician Burnout—A Serious Symptom, But of What?

This editorial published in Jama Network discusses the term burnout and how its meaning has gone far beyond what is understood about it as a diagnosis or syndrome. The call to action for burnout is not grounded in understanding its prevalence using validated measures. There is so much heterogeneity in methods of measuring burnout that drawing conclusions of its impact is nearly impossible. This points to either unreliability in measurement or populations that vary widely in risk. Additionally, the temporal relationship of burnout symptoms to professional dysfunction is unknown and needs further research to understand. Many propose having a research agenda the would emphasis and expand measurements of burnout through the MBI scale.

Measuring Burnout

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