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Consequences of Professional Burnout 

Consequences of Professional Burnout
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Consequences of Professional Burnout
Author(s):

Stephen J. Swensen

, and Tait D. Shanafelt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190848965.003.0002
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date: 30 June 2022

Work environments and interpersonal relationships often merge, eroding the passion and altruism of health care professionals and promoting burnout. Burnout of health care professionals negatively impacts safety, team effectiveness, staff turnover, professional productivity, organizational effectiveness, and organizational brand. Professionals also experience personal consequences from burnout including higher rates of relationship issues, alcohol and substance abuse, clinical depression, and suicide. Even more important, however, burnout has a profound, negative bearing on patient experience and outcomes.

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