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Shorter Rotations in Intensive Care Units Mitigate Burnout Among Physicians

Penn Medicine News June 25, 2019

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Shortening the length of rotations in a medical intensive care unit (MICU) from the traditional 14-consecutive day schedule to only seven days helps mitigate burnout among critical care physicians, according to a new Penn Medicine pilot study. The study, published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, is the first to validate the efficacy of a truncated rotation in reducing the rate of burnout among critical care physicians.

The team found the shorter rotations not only led to lower burnout rates – by as much as 41 percent – but the change also resulted in increased job fulfillment.