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April 16, 2020

Mitigating Burnout Through Protected Nonclinical Time

Author Affiliations
  • 1The William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom
  • 2Centre for Medical Education, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(6):589-590. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0380

To the Editor We thank Stevens et al1 for their study analyzing the association of weekly protected nonclinical time with prevalence of burnout and general well-being in a sample of otolaryngology resident physicians. In the study, the intervention was alternated with the control (no weekly protected clinical time) at 6-week intervals; during which resident physicians had to complete questionnaires that sought to assess burnout, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. They reported that 2 hours of weekly protected nonclinical time was associated with decreased burnout and increased well-being in their small sample of resident physicians.

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