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:

Many nonphysician team members did not feel heard or respected during multidisciplinary rounds. Although more work is needed, the authors suggest team-based care include well-defined roles and respect to provide a culture of safety for both staff and patients.

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