Burnout, turnover affects clinicians more than general staff: 3 study details

Turnover and burnout affect primary care clinicians the most compared to other staff members, according to research published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Researchers studied data collected in 2013 and 2014 from 740 primary care clinicians in two San Francisco health systems.

The key details to know:

1. Fifty-three percent of clinicians and staff reported experiencing burnout.

2. Thirty percent of clinicians and 40 percent of staff no longer worked in the same health system two to three years later.

3. Researchers concluded, "Our findings provide evidence that burnout contributes to turnover among primary care clinicians, but not among staff. Although reducing clinician burnout may help to decrease rates of turnover, health care organizations and policymakers concerned about employee turnover in primary care need to understand the multifactorial causes of turnover to develop effective retention strategies for clinicians and staff."

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