AAAAI Work Group Report: Physician Wellness in Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Background: Physician health and wellness can be negatively impacted by burnout, which, in turn, can lead to medical errors and early retirement. Burnout issues can start in medical school and progress during residency, fellowship, and throughout a physician's career. Previous studies have reported burnout rates between 45% and 54% for US physicians in general. However, there is currently little data regarding health and wellness specifically in the field of allergy and immunology. Objective: This workgroup report was developed to assess health and wellness in our specialty. Methods: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) electronically distributed an anonymous questionnaire using the validated mini-Z survey to a random sample of 1035 fellows and members. In addition to the mini-Z items, the survey queried personal and professional demographic characteristics, and included open-ended wellness questions. Results: A total of 138 fellows and members of the AAAAI completed the survey, yielding a 13% response rate. The burnout rate was 35%, which is lower than the national average among US physicians, and is overall encouraging. However, there is room for improvement. Limitations of the study include a small sample size as well as evolving definitions of burnout. Conclusions: Our results identify specialty specific concerns and can be used to inform the development of tailored interventions to improve wellness and minimize burnout. However, future surveys with a larger sample size are needed to obtain a more robust data set on allergy and immunology specific wellness challenges.
Bingemann, Theresa; Sharma, Hemant; Nanda, Anil; Khan, David A.; Markovics, Sharon; Sussman, James; Murphy, Andrew; Kalman, Denise; and Mosnaim, Giselle, "AAAAI Work Group Report: Physician Wellness in Allergy and Immunology" (2020). Rochester Regional Health authored publications and proceedings. 137.