Clinician burnout linked to sleep disorders

A cross-sectional study using screening data from participants in a hospital-based sleep health and wellness program found individuals who screened positive for a sleep disorder were nearly four times as likely to screen positive for burnout. The study suggests undiagnosed sleep disorders may be common among faculty and staff at teaching hospitals. "The findings indicate that randomized trials to test the effectiveness of a sleep health education and sleep disorder screening program to reduce burnout symptoms are warranted,” concluded one of the study’s authors, adding, “Occupational burnout has proven to be resistant to many prior treatment approaches. This represents an exciting new approach." (HealthLeaders Media article, 11/17/20)