Table 2:

Burnout frequency and priorities for reform

Reform prioritiesGroup; no. (%)p value
New-to-practice physicians
n = 171
Established physicians
n = 341
Total
n = 513*
Burnout frequency
 Never4 (2.3)46 (13.5)50 (9.7)< 0.001
 A few times a year46 (26.9)117 (34.3)163 (31.8)
 Once a month35 (20.4)54 (15.8)89 (17.4)
 A few times a month49 (28.6)54 (15.8)103 (20.1)
 Once a week14 (8.1)20 (5.9)34 (6.6)
 A few times a week18 (10.5)30 (8.8)48 (9.4)
 Every day6 (3.5)20 (5.9)26 (5.1)
High level of burnout38 (22.2)70 (20.5)108 (21.1)0.754
Reforms (yes or no)
 Primary care reform is needed145 (84.7)254 (74.4)399 (77.8)0.009
 An alternative payment model would make it easier to provide longitudinal care117 (68.4)136 (39.8)253 (49.3)< 0.001
 I would prefer to be an employee of a clinic (not a small business owner)100 (58.5)144 (42.2)244 (47.5)0.001
Specific reform priorities
Payment structure
 Alternative forms of physician payment109 (63.7)136 (39.8)245 (47.8)< 0.001
 Direct funding for team roles132 (77.2)210 (61.6)342 (66.7)< 0.001
 Direct clinic funding123 (71.9)184 (53.9)307 (59.8)< 0.001
Work structure
 Option to practise in a team143 (83.6)214 (62.7)357 (69.6)< 0.001
 Time-limited commitment to patient panel51 (29.8)69 (20.2)120 (23.4)0.015
 Transparent evaluation of transformation initiatives100 (58.5)211 (61.9)311 (60.6)0.482
 Option to work part-time117 (68.4)215 (63.0)332 (64.7)0.214
Job benefits
 Vacation and parental leave142 (83.1)274 (80.3)416 (81.1)0.425
 Loan forgiveness68 (39.8)70 (20.5)138 (26.9)< 0.001
  • * Missing data (n = 12) for all questions.

  • No. (%) of participants who reported a priority as very important.