Lessons Learned from Clinicians in a Federally Qualified Health Center: Steps Toward Eliminating Burnout
UMass Chan AffiliationsCenter for Integrated Primary Care
Family Medicine and Community Health
T.H. Chan School of Medicine
Document TypeJournal Article
KeywordsFederally Qualified Health Center
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AbstractBackground: Burnout continues to impact health care workers and its effect takes a toll on their lives and wellbeing, especially in primary care. Relatively few studies have focused specifically on the perspective of clinicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which offer crucial, preventative health care services to vulnerable and underserved patient populations. Objective: To examine the perspectives of clinicians working at an FQHC in the Northeast United States after the implementation of a year-long wellness initiative. Design: A qualitative analysis of clinician's discussion during focus groups conducted after the wellness initiative. Subjects and Setting/Location: A total of 28 clinicians (primary care physicians and nurse practitioners) in an FQHC in the Northeast United States. Interventions: A one-year wellness initiative with programs and activities designed to bolster wellness. Outcome Measures: Analyzed NVIVO-coded transcripts of focus group discussion to generate codes and used modified grounded theory to extrapolate meaningful themes. Results: Five key themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: (1) clinicians often felt burdened by their workload and personally responsible when they were not able to provide optimal care to patients; (2) burnout was exacerbated by systemic problems at the FQHC; (3) medical assistants, medical scribes, schedulers, and other support staff played a crucial role in the wellness of the entire team; (4) perceived differences in priorities between administration and health care workers may have contributed to burnout; and (5) a communicative and stable team helped clinicians effectively care for their patients. Conclusions: Clinician burnout is a complex problem at FQHCs with many root causes. Addressing burnout and improving clinician wellness at FQHCs will require a multifaceted approach encompassing systemic, team, and individual components. The perspectives from the clinicians at our FQHC may inform wellness strategies for other safety net, clinical institutions in the primary care setting.
SourceCauley AW, Green AR, Gardiner PM. Lessons Learned from Clinicians in a Federally Qualified Health Center: Steps Toward Eliminating Burnout. J Integr Complement Med. 2022 Dec 12. doi: 10.1089/jicm.2021.0401. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36508262.
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