An International Perspective on Nursing Home Physician Burnout
Physicians play a critical role in quality care outcomes for patients in nursing homes. A critical, but previously unexplored, dimension linking physician practice to care outcomes is burnout, or emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. In this exploratory study, 3 cohorts of physicians were surveyed to quantify the prevalence of burnout, each practicing in a different jurisdiction [United States (US), Canada, and The Netherlands]. International comparisons were drawn to then highlight cultural and health system factors potentially impacting burnout levels.
The investigators hope that studies such as these will lead to interventions to help reduce burnout. Given the increasing need for long term care globally, and the pivotal role physicians will play in delivering care within these settings, such studies have the potential to significantly inform future best practices.