Background: Burnout, usually defined as a personal stress reaction of individuals resulting from their perceptions of the workplace, is associated with impaired clinical care, increased attrition and turnover of professional staff, and increased costs for health care systems. For physicians, professional burnout can contribute to broken relationships, alcoholism, and suicide. High level of burnout is one reason that accounts for high physician turnover and decreased productivity. This presentation will depict an origin story-telling initiative targeted at promoting understanding, collegiality, and a culture of well-being for physicians. Objectives – Provide an opportunity for Family Medicine faculty physicians to engage in an origin writing group. – Promote understanding, collegiality, and a culture of well-being for faculty physicians. Population Sampled – Family Medicine Residency – 12 Family Medicine Faculty Members Methods: Study Design – Cross-sectional, Pre-Post – Mixed methods – Mini-Z Data Analyses – Phenomenological analysis – Paired sample t test for Mini-Z scores Results: Demographic Information – Participants – N=12 – 25% Male, 75% Female Quantitative Results – Participants were: – Satisfied with their job – Had moderate levels of stress – Identified as approaching burn out – Felt they had adequate control over their workload – Felt they had adequate time for documentation – Felt their workplace was calm – Felt there was good teamwork – Felt proficient with the EHR, and that it did not intrude on their off-work hours – Only variable on Mini-Z that changed was the perception of their values aligning with the clinic leadership’s values – “High”values alignment pre-intervention – “Moderate”values alignment post-intervention – However, no significant differences between participants pre- and post-intervention on the Mini-Z Qualitative Results – 6 themes – Genuine curiosity – Safety for reflection and vulnerability – Insight of lived experiences – Life is not a linear trajectory – Creative empowerment – Strengthened collegiality Presentation: We will first provide an introduction & background of the study (4min). Second, we will offer a small group reflection activity & discussion (10min). Third, we will describe the study implementation (2min). Fourth, we will share the study findings (5min). Audience participation will include breaking into small groups to discuss how to implement similar initiatives within primary care settings (5min). We will conclude with Q & A (4min).
- Describe the outcomes of physician burnout on the U.S. health system.
- Identify the value of fostering understanding and collegiality among physicians.
- Describe how to develop initiatives that receive buy-in and promote a culture of physician well-being.