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Comment & Response
April 2018

Physician Burnout—Overdiagnosis and Unproven Interventions

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  • 1The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(4):576-577. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.0132

To the Editor In a Special Communication in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Shanafelt et al1 provide a worksheet that organizational leaders can use to determine the appropriate investment for mitigating the “staggering prevalence” of physician burnout. For an organization with 450 physicians and a 50% burnout rate, the worksheet estimates that burnout-driven physician turnover costs the organization $1.125 million a year. Thus the authors suggest $1 million could be spent to reduce physician burnout and associated turnover and still generate a positive return on investment.1

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