The relationship between professional burnout and quality and safety in healthcare: a meta-analysis

Salyers M.P., Bonfils K.A., Luther L., et al.
Submitted: January, 2017

Eighty-two studies including 210,669 healthcare providers were included. Statistically significant negative relationships emerged between burnout and quality (r = -0.26, 95 % CI [-0.29, -0.23]) and safety (r = -0.23, 95 % CI [-0.28, -0.17]). In both cases, the negative relationship implied that greater burnout among healthcare providers was associated with poorer-quality healthcare and reduced safety for patients. Moderators for the quality relationship included dimension of burnout, unit of analysis, and quality data source. Moderators for the relationship between burnout and safety were safety indicator type, population, and country. Rigor of the study was not a significant moderator.

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