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Editorial
Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
January 6, 2020

Primary Care Practitioners’ Perspectives on Burnout and What to Do About It

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • 3Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Christus St Vincent Regional Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 4Department of Clinician-Directed Performance Improvement, Christus St Vincent Regional Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico
JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 6, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6322

Over the past decade, JAMA Internal Medicine has published 11 research articles1-11 on the subject of physician burnout, including 7 survey-based studies,1,4,5,7,9-11 2 meta-analyses,3,6 and 2 pilot interventions.2,8 These studies have quantified the prevalence and predictors of burnout in various care settings and have piloted modest strategies, such as coaching and facilitated discussion groups for health care practitioners dealing with workplace stresses. To this body of work, this issue adds a qualitative study by Agarwal et al12 that directly reports primary care practitioners’ own perspectives on the practice of medicine in today’s challenging environment.

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