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They did not start the fire: reviewing and resolving the issue of physician stress and burnout

Julie Christine Babyar (Independent Researcher, California, USA)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Physician stress and burnout is a serious and common concern in healthcare, with over half of physicians in the USA meeting at least one criterion for burnout. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

A review on current state of physician stress and burnout research, from 2008 to 2016, was undertaken. A subsequent perspective paper was shaped around these reviews.

Findings

Findings reveal research strength in prevalence and incidence with opportunities for stronger intervention studies. While descriptive studies on causes and consequences of physician burnout are available, studies on interventions and prevention of physician burnout are lacking. Future research on physician stress and burnout should incorporate intervention studies and take care to avoid limitations found in current research. Accountability and prevention of physician burnout is the responsibility of the healthcare industry as a whole, and organizational strategies must be emphasized in future research.

Originality/value

The value of this research comes in the original comprehensive review, international inclusion and succinct summary of physician burnout research and strategies.

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Citation

Babyar, J.C. (2017), "They did not start the fire: reviewing and resolving the issue of physician stress and burnout", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 410-417. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-11-2016-0212

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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