Correlates of burnout in small independent primary care practices in an urban setting

Batel Blechter, Nan Jiang, Charles Cleland, Carolyn Berry, Olugbenga Ogedegbe, Donna Shelley

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Background: Little is known about the prevalence and correlates of burnout among providers who work in small independent primary care practices (<5 providers). Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis by using data collected from 235 providers practicing in 174 small independent primary care practices in New York City. Results: The rate of provider-reported burnout was 13.5%. Using bivariate logistic regression, we found higher adaptive reserve scores were associated with lower odds of burnout (odds ratio, 0.12; 95% CI, 0.02– 0.85; P .034). Conclusion: The burnout rate was relatively low among our sample of providers compared with previous surveys that focused primarily on larger practices. The independence and autonomy providers have in these small practices may provide some protection against symptoms of burnout. In addition, the relationship between adaptive reserve and lower rates of burnout point toward potential interventions for reducing burnout that include strengthening primary care practices’ learning and development capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-536
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Cross-Sectional Analysis
  • Logistic Regression
  • New York City
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Health Care
  • Professional Burnout

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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