Research Findings: Burnout in Health Care

December 2017
Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)

Led by a group of its physician leaders, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has launched a comprehensive statewide collaborative to address the rising tide of burnout among health care professionals. Burnout is a response to excessive job stress and is defined by the three dimensions of emotional exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy.

In 2016, on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, MHA began conducting a statewide survey to assess the prevalence of burnout among physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The journal Burnout Research recently published results of the 2016 survey, in which 56 health systems across Minnesota, representing 104 hospitals, participated.

Of the 13,693 clinicians invited to participate in the survey, 43 percent responded a high response rate likely reflecting the critical nature of the issue. One-third of respondents (34 percent) reported being emotionally exhausted – feeling a sense of burnout from their work. Almost three in five respondents reported feeling a great deal of stress because of their job; however, more than three-quarters reported being satisfied with their job and engaged with their work.

In 2017, MHA again surveyed physicians and advanced practice providers. In 2017, 63 health systems, representing 113 hospitals, participated and 19,350 clinicians were invited to respond to the survey.