Using a Single Item to Measure Burnout in Primary Care Staff: A Psychometric Evaluation

Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the following study used a cross-sectional online survey that compared a validated one-item version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory Emotional Exhaustion (MBI:EE) subscale to a non-proprietary single-item burnout measure used in the Physician Work Life Study. Authors found that a non-proprietary, single-item measure served as a reliable substitute for the MBI: EE across occupations. Because it is non-proprietary and easy to interpret, it may have logistical advantages over the one-item MBI. The non-proprietary single-item burnout measure instructs respondents to define burnout for themselves: “Overall, based on your definition of burnout, how would you rate your level of burnout?”