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The relationship between professional burnout and quality and safety in healthcare: a meta-analysis.

Salyers MP, Bonfils KA, Luther L, et al. The Relationship Between Professional Burnout and Quality and Safety in Healthcare: A Meta-Analysis. J Gen Intern Care. 2017;32(4):475-482. doi:10.1007/s11606-016-3886-9.

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April 19, 2017
Salyers MP, Bonfils KA, Luther L, et al. J Gen Intern Care. 2017;32(4):475-482.

Burnout among health care providers is highly prevalent and is a pressing patient safety concern. This meta-analysis examined the relationship of burnout to health care quality. Investigators identified 82 studies of burnout and quality or safety. Most studies were cross-sectional and measured safety and quality by self-report. In the pooled analysis, higher levels of burnout were associated with lower reported quality and safety. These relationships were present across a range of outcomes and study types. Although the effects were modest in magnitude, their consistency demonstrates the importance of addressing burnout in order to improve many aspects of patient safety. A past PSNet interview with J. Bryan Sexton discussed the relationship between burnout and patient safety.

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Salyers MP, Bonfils KA, Luther L, et al. The Relationship Between Professional Burnout and Quality and Safety in Healthcare: A Meta-Analysis. J Gen Intern Care. 2017;32(4):475-482. doi:10.1007/s11606-016-3886-9.