Burnout results from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Excellent teamwork lessens negative outcomes for patients and providers, but little work has examined factors that contribute to burnout across disciplines working in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Colbenson and colleagues interviewed ICU pharmacists, physicians, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists to understand their experiences. They identified 2 themes related to factors contributing to burnout: interdisciplinary dynamics (eg, providers feeling their opinion was not valued, inattention given to their contributions, and shared decision-making that was deficient) and work stressors:

  • Pharmacists: lack of autonomy and long hours of responsibilities beyond direct patient care

  • Physicians: burden of documentation and lack of control of patient outcomes

  • Nurses: moral distress, inflexible schedules, stress with patients’ death, and interpersonal difficulties

  • For all disciplines: too little time to complete tasks and unrealistic workloads.

Many nonphysician team members...

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