Interventions on reducing burnout in physicians and nurses: A systematic review

Aidin Aryankhesal, Roghayeh Mohammadibakhsh, Yadollah Hamidi, Saeideh Alidoost, Masoud Behzadifar, Rahim Sohrabi, Zeynab Farhadi

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Background: Burnout is one of the main factors in reducing the performance quality among hospital staff. Appropriate interventions can reduce burnout among physicians and nurses and result in promotion of the quality of services provided at hospitals. The present study aimed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the interventions on burnout reduction among hospital physicians and nurses. Methods: Studies were searched from January 2000 to June 2017 in PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Cochrane, and Web of Science. Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and pretest-posttest studies that had interventions to reduce the burnout of physicians and nurses were included. However, studies conducted on medical and nursing students and nonmedical providers or beyond hospitals were excluded. Results: Based on the study inclusion criteria, 12 RCTs and 6 pretest-posttest studies were included in the review. Most of the included studies were from Netherlands, the United States, and England. The interventions included team-based program, EMH-approach, and coping and communication skills training. Most of the interventions had a positive effect on burnout reduction. Nevertheless, some studies had no significant impact. Conclusion: The results showed that the most interventions used to improve burnout were improving communication skills, teamwork, participatory programs, and psychological interventions (Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness). The impact of these interventions can increase mental health in the long term. Burnout is a complicated problem and should be treated by combining interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number77
JournalMedical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Burnout
  • Hospital
  • Mental health
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Systematic review

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