Burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among PAs relative to other workers

Lotte N. Dyrbye, Colin P. West, Michael Halasy, Danielle J. O'Laughlin, Daniel Satele, Tait Shanafelt

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Objective:To evaluate burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among physician assistants (PAs) compared with other US workers.Methods:We surveyed PAs and a probability-based sample of US workers. The survey included the Maslach Burnout Inventory and an item on satisfaction with work-life integration.Results:Overall, 41.4% of PAs had burnout symptoms and 65.3% were satisfied with their work-life integration. In multivariable analysis, working in emergency medicine and dissatisfaction with control of workload and work-life integration were independently associated with having higher odds of burnout. PAs were more likely to have burnout than other workers but did not have greater struggles with work-life integration.Conclusion:Findings from this study suggest burnout and dissatisfaction with work-life integration are common. PAs appear at higher risk for burnout than workers in other fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • PA
  • burnout
  • personal satisfaction
  • physician assistant
  • professional
  • work-life integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting


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