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Study Suggests Link Between FP Scope of Practice + Burnout

Research findings published in the May/June Annals of Family Medicine suggest family physicians who practice a broader scope of practice early in their careers may be less likely to experience burnout.


Authors of the study titled "Burnout and Scope of Practice in New Family Physicians" noted the particular protective benefits afforded to family physicians who practice inpatient medicine, provide obstetrical care and offer home visits to patients.


Two researchers involved in the study, lead author Lars Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., research director at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) in Lexington, Ky., and Amanda Weidner, M.P.H., a research scientist at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network in Seattle, corresponded with AAFP News about the study.