The scourge of physician burnout has received long-overdue attention in recent months, as media outlets and commentators alike catch up on the host of factors that drive clinicians’ stress on the job. Some have fairly questioned whether the work care teams take on to identify and address patients’ unmet essential needs contributes to or helps to mitigate these stressors.
A study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) explores this very question, covering a survey of nearly 1,300 family physicians on associations between clinic capacity to address essential needs and burnout. Their conclusion? Increasing capacity to respond to patients’ full needs is among the key structural improvements that can help to minimize burnout risks.