Assessment of Physician Well-being, Part One: Burnout and Other Negative States

West J Emerg Med. 2019 Mar;20(2):278-290. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2019.1.39665. Epub 2019 Feb 28.


Physician well-being is a complex and multifactorial issue. A large number of tools have been developed in an attempt to measure the nature, severity, and impact of both burnout and well-being in a range of clinical populations. This two-article series provides a review of relevant tools and offers guidance to clinical mentors and researchers in choosing the appropriate instrument to suit their needs, whether assessing mentees or testing interventions in the research setting. Part One begins with a discussion of burnout and focuses on assessment tools to measure burnout and other negative states. Part Two of the series examines the assessment of well-being, coping skills, and other positive states.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / etiology
  • Burnout, Professional / diagnosis*
  • Burnout, Professional / etiology
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology
  • Empathy / physiology
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Mentors
  • Physician Impairment / psychology
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Research Personnel