10 Tips for Using NPs and PAs to Curb Physician Burnout

March 21, 2017
Aine Cryts

Employing NPs and PAs is becoming more prevalent in the wake of the physician shortage epidemic, here are some ways to utilize these practitioners in a meaningful way.

Fifty-four percent of physicians report at least one sign of burnout, according to a 2014 survey jointly conducted by the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic. Up from 45 percent in 2011.Family medicine physicians, urologists, physical medicine, and rehabilitation physicians report the highest rates of burnout. Midcareer physicians report the highest rate of burnout, and physicians across all specialties reported lower satisfaction with work-life balance in 2014 – with the exception of general surgery and OB/GYN physicians, according to the survey.Sometimes just being around other clinicians, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, can help reduce physician burnout, according to the survey. Here are 10 things to consider when working with NPs and PAs to curb physician burnout.Click here to download a PDF of this slideshow.