Psychologists’ Role in Addressing Healthcare Provider Burnout and Well-Being
Abbie O’Ferrell Beacham, Andrea Westfall King, and Brenda F. Nash
O’Ferrell Beacham, A., Westfall King, A., & Nash, B. F. (2023). Psychologists’ Role in Addressing Healthcare Provider Burnout and Well-Being. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 49(2), 63-75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42843-023-00083-y
Burnout in health care has received considerable attention; widespread efforts to implement burnout reduction initiatives are underway. Healthcare providers with marginalized identities may be especially at risk. Health service psychologists are often key members of interprofessional teams and may be asked to intervene with colleagues exhibiting signs of burnout. Consequently, psychologists in these settings can then find themselves in professional quandaries. In the absence of clear guidelines, psychologists are learning to enhance their scope of practice and navigate ethical guidelines while supporting colleagues and simultaneously satisfying organizational priorities. In this paper we (a) provide an overview of burnout and its scope, (b) discuss ethical challenges health service psychologists face in addressing provider burnout, and (c) present three models to employ in healthcare provider burnout and well-being.