Objectives: This study explores associations between job satisfaction, career flexibility, and burnout among physician assistants (PAs) in Minnesota. Methods: A survey comprising the Maslach Burnout Inventory (a validated burnout tool) and original questions was emailed to PAs practicing in Minnesota. Spearman rank correlation coefficients were used to assess associations between variables and burnout. Results: PAs (response rate = 31.4%, N = 312) reported moderate levels of burnout. Working in primary care and being female were independently associated with higher rates of burnout. Satisfaction with one's career and one's current position were both high (95.9% and 87.8%, respectively) and independently associated with lower rates of burnout. Conclusions: Despite high levels of career and job satisfaction, PAs in Minnesota report moderate levels of burnout, particularly women in primary care. Further research should examine a broader population and the effect of burnout on patient care.
Osborn, Molly; Satrom, Jessica; Schlenker, Alyssa; Hazel, Megan; Mason, Meghan; and Hartwig, Kari, "Physician assistant burnout, job satisfaction and career flexibility in Minnesota.pdf" (2019). Physician Assistant Faculty Scholarship. 22.