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Physician well-being is essential for high-quality patient care. Through the AMA’s Practice Transformation framework, we provide guidance to health system leaders on how to create the conditions where joy, purpose and meaning are possible for physicians and care teams.

Through our five-step process (Research, Measure, Act, Recognize, Convene) our evidence-based, field-tested and targeted solutions help guide physicians, care teams and health system leaders on developing and implementing strategies to optimize practice efficiencies, reduce burnout and improve professional well-being.  

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Research

Practice Transformation: Research

As a respected thought leader and convener, the American Medical Association bases its work in practice transformation and professional satisfaction on rigorous research and practice science.

Physician burnout has economic costs as well as financial costs associated with staff turnover, lost revenue, decreased productivity and risks to the organization from lower quality of care and potential for more frequent medical errors.

Previous AMA research highlighted the system-level issues that drive burnout, and the steps organizations can take to coordinate solutions for effective changes.

Our seminal research on physician burnout has shaped our collective understanding of its underlying causes, drivers of burnout, and the impact burnout has on physicians, patients and health care organizations. In collaboration with health care systems, the AMA’s research efforts are aimed at delivering evidence-based, actionable solutions to increase professional well-being. 

EHR research

Research has illustrated that EHRs may largely contribute to physician burnout and frustration. The AMA has partnered with several research teams from around the country to further understand the impact of EHRs on professional satisfaction and to illuminate the promise of objective EHR use metrics to quantify elements of efficiency of practice and teamwork.

Metrics for assessing physician activity using EHR log data: Published in JAMIA in 2020, authors propose seven core measures of EHR use that reflect multiple dimensions of practice efficiency and use cases of these measures for multiple stakeholders. Authors argue that standardization of EHR use measures will foster cross-study synthesis and comparative research. 

EHR-use metric research list of awardees: The AMA has partnered with several organizations to generate and define a standard set of objective measures to assess physician activity through the electronic health record. Several research projects will also evaluate EHR use metrics and their relationship to burnout, professional satisfaction and well-being. The following research partners have collaborated with the AMA to expand our understanding of the EHR and EHR use metrics. Published research is anticipated in 2021.

—Alliance Chicago

—Boston University

—University of Wisconsin Health

—University of California, San Diego

—Yale University

Measure

Practice Transformation: Measure

Measuring physician burnout, organizational efficiency and team culture is a key first step for health systems to improve professional satisfaction and team well-being. To support health systems in identifying key drivers of organizational stress, the AMA provides complimentary assessment services to organizations nationwide.

Physician burnout is largely attributed to organizational and systemic factors. Therefore, solutions must be identified and developed at the systems level. By measuring, organizations can (1) understand unique challenges to physician and care team well-being in their system and (2) develop strategies and solutions that can be targeted to the distinctive needs of their organization, physicians and care teams.


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Learn more about burnout and the Mini-Z assessment.

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Act

Practice Transformation: Act

The AMA provides intervention support to health systems ready and able to test and share strategies that drive measurable progress and meaningful impact to improve satisfaction and efficiency in their workforce. 

Support includes providing resources through STEPS Forward™, access to physician and subject matter experts, webinars, podcasts and on-line coaching and a platform to engage with other health systems implementing similar efforts. 

Emerging topics webinar series

Join AMA's upcoming webinar series, "Emerging topics: Professional satisfaction and practice sustainability," focusing on physician well-being, practice redesign and implementing telehealth during COVID-19.

AMA STEPS Forward™ can help

Nearly 60 modules⁠—expert-driven, field-tested strategies to help implement change in your practice.

Not sure where to start? Take a brief 12-question practice assessment to determine suggested modules to best optimize your practice.

Recognize

Convene

Practice Transformation: Convene

By organizing virtual and in-person national conferences and events, the AMA brings together thought leaders and health systems for dialogue, consensus-building and collaborative sharing of best practices for improving physician professional satisfaction.

These immersive, educational opportunities are intended for physician and system leaders, practicing physicians and clinical staff, and academic researchers to assist in their transformation journey.

Webinars

The American Medical Association invites you to join our upcoming fall webinar series focusing on physician well-being, practice redesign, and implementing telehealth during COVID-19. Programming will focus on resources and solutions to help alleviate stress on health care systems, teams, and staff during the pandemic and guide systems through telehealth integration. Register today!

Conferences

International Conference on Physician Health: April 28-30, 2021

The International Conference on Physician HealthTM (ICPH) will take place April 28-30, 2021 in London, England and is hosted by the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the British Medical Association. This three-day conference aims to support doctors and medical students as they create better working environments for themselves and their colleagues.

American Conference on Physician Health: Oct. 7-9, 2021

The 2021 American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH) is a scientific conference sponsored jointly by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University. This event will elevate scientific research and discourse on health care system infrastructure and how organizations can help combat burnout and promote physician well-being. The conference agenda is determined by the abstract submissions for the conference.

Visit the ACPH conference for more detailed information on call for abstracts, registration, travel, agenda and speakers.

Practice transformation faculty speakers

Interested in having a speaker at your event? View the biographies (PDF) of AMA physician experts and contact us with required information.