A new AHRQ Views blog looks at factors that can contribute to physician burnout, including a lack of control over work conditions, time pressures, chaotic workplaces and difficulties associated with electronic health records. Co-authored by Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., the agency’s director, and Arlene Bierman, M.D., director of AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, the blog also offers potential strategies to minimize burnout, such as expanding the ways nurses and medical assistants might interact with patients. In addition to the blog, AHRQ has profiled grantee Mark Linzer, M.D., of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, who has studied working conditions in health care, especially as they contribute to burnout, for the past 15 years and has created a tool to measure burnout. For more information about AHRQ’s work on physician burnout, access our online fact sheet.
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