What is it about?

This is a brief report about an ongoing mixed-methods study that investigates the relationship between multidisciplinary team meeting attendance and health care provider burnout. Preliminary qualitative findings suggest that a well-functioning team may help reduce professional burnout.

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Why is it important?

Professional burnout among health care providers is a current and unresolved issue. Recent years have also seen a proliferation of various multidisciplinary team models to provide patient-centered care. Our findings suggest that regular participation in a multidisciplinary team can also have positive effects on provider wellbeing, in addition to improving the quality of care for patients.

Perspectives

These are exciting findings because, if confirmed in other settings, we might be able to address health care workers' burnout in ways that don't take away from clinical care. Rather, clinicians could be providing quality care and at the same time protecting themselves from becoming callous and indifferent. I hope our brief report inspires others researchers to study the relationship between burnout and teamwork, as we still need to identify and describe the qualities of a "good team."

Dr. Ksenia Gorbenko
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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This page is a summary of: Can multidisciplinary team meetings reduce burnout?, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, July 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jep.13234.
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