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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Hospital Medicine

Advisor

Nancy E. Reid, MHA, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Burnout is a constellation of mental and physical health complaints resulting from unreconcilable work-related stressors. Among healthcare employees, physicians appear to be at particular risk. Burnout is associated with administrative tasks, rising productivity goals, diminished physician autonomy, and unfavorable leadership culture, among other factors. It correlates with harm to physicians, their patients, and wasteful healthcare expenditures. Physician assistants who can identify the contributing factors to burnout are in a position to: alleviate physician stress; contribute to a culture of patient safety; pursue greater autonomy; better engage in a competitive healthcare job market.

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