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Study: Additional protected nonclinical time improves resident well-being

Residency Program Insider, March 5, 2020

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Providing residents with protected nonclinical time led to a meaningful decrease in burnout and improved their well-being, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

In the study conducted from September 2017 to June 2018, a group of 19 otolaryngology residents were assigned two hours per week of protected nonclinical time to use however they wanted. During this period, their burnout was measured using the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Mini-Z Survey, and their well-being was measured using the Resident and Fellow Well-Being Index and a quality-of-life self-assessment.

The protected time was associated with decreases in Maslach Burnout Inventory emotional exhaustion scores and the Resident and Fellow Well-Being Index score, meaning decreases in burnout and improvements in well-being.

Source: JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery



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