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American Association for Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership

Archetypes of Burned-Out Physicians and How To Help Them

R. John Sawyer, II, PhD, ABPP-CN


Ashton Sloan, PA-C, MSHA


Sept 8, 2022


Physician Leadership Journal


Volume 9, Issue 5, Pages 36-39


doi:10.55834/plj.7733527450


Abstract

Most burnout interventions emphasize large-scale organizational changes to the practice environment, such as technological innovations and practice efficiency to reduce EMR use or optimize the functions of nonphysician care team members. However, these critical organizational efforts to mitigate burnout take significant time to assess, implement, and re-assess to determine effectiveness. Although decades of research show that individual personality traits significantly influence occupational outcomes, the physician burnout literature has focused less on how personality factors influence physician wellbeing. Lessons from Ochsner Health’s new internal physician coaching program — informed by ongoing research into physician personality factors — suggest that four core personality typologies affect burnout in the current healthcare environment.


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