Burnout's effect on care quality may be overstated, researchers suggest

Existing studies may exaggerate the effects of clinician burnout on care quality, according to new research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers systematically reviewed 123 peer-reviewed studies on burnout from five databases in 2017. The collective research involved 142 study populations and 241,553 healthcare providers.

Researchers discovered a large amount of variability in the studies' data and methodologies, including on the definition of burnout. In an editorial accompanying the study, researchers said they acknowledge a link between high burnout and lower care quality but "question the magnitude of the relationship and are concerned about reporting bias."

"Future studies should prespecify outcomes to reduce the risk for exaggerated effect size estimates," they concluded.

To view the full study, click here.

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