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Physician burnout is a major threat and turnover by doctors in primary care is estimated to add $1 billion in additional costs to a system already burdened with waste.
Task burden—the inbound knowledge work that causes constant shifting of cognition and attention from patient to inbox task throughout a clinic day—is often the cause of burnout. The more tasks a provider takes on during the workday, the greater their risk of burnout.
Fortunately, evidence-based health care tools rooted in lean methodologies can help reduce physician burnout. A Mayo Clinic systematic review demonstrated lean-like process improvements towards team-based care can help reduce clerical tasks and documentation burden, decrease burnout, and improve job satisfaction.