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Relationship between physician burnout and the quality and cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries is complex.

Casalino LP, Li J, Peterson LE, et al. Relationship between physician burnout and the quality and cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries is complex. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022;41(4):549-556. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00440

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April 20, 2022
Casalino LP, Li J, Peterson LE, et al. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022;41(4):549-556.

Physician burnout has been associated with higher rates of self-reported medical errors and increased costs related to physician turnover. This analysis linked survey data from family physicians to Medicare claims to explore any association of burnout with four objective measures of care outcomes (ambulatory care-sensitive admissions, ambulatory care-sensitive emergency department visits, readmissions, or costs). There was no consistent, statistically significant relationship between burnout and the four measures of care outcomes and further research on this relationship is warranted.

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Casalino LP, Li J, Peterson LE, et al. Relationship between physician burnout and the quality and cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries is complex. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022;41(4):549-556. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00440