Beyond Burnout: A Physician Wellness Hierarchy Designed to Prioritize Interventions at the Systems Level

Shapiro DE, et al.
Submitted: January, 2019

The model proposed integrates a long list of variables that may ameliorate burnout into a prioritized, easy-to-understand hierarchy. Modified from Maslow’s hierarchy, the model directs leaders to address physicians’ basic physical and mental health needs first; patient and physician physical safety second; and then address higher-order needs, including respect from colleagues, patients, processes, and the electronic health record; appreciation and connection; and finally, time and resources to heal patients and contribute to the greater good. Assessments based on this model will help leaders prioritize interventions and improve physician wellness.

Resource Type:
  • Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design:
  • Review
  • Burnout, Well-being, & Professionalism
  • HCO
  • Patient Safety & Medical Errors