Measuring wellness among resident physicians

Samuel M. Keim, Mary Z. Mays, Jean M. Williams, Joyce Serido, Robin B. Harris

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Abstract

Requirements to include professionalism in residency curricula have generated a substantial body of literature concerning the environments that fail to nurture professionalism. Local and national surveys provide evidence that a high prevalence of depersonalization and emotional exhaustion exists among residents and that clinical practice is impaired as a result of these factors. A group of 34 residents from ten residency programmes participated in the psychometric testing of a resident wellness assessment instrument that can be rapidly administered, scored, and interpreted. The Brief Resident Wellness Profile is composed of a Mood faces graphical rating item and a six-question subscale. The six-item subscale had good reliability (alpha=0.83; r=0.84), convergent validity (r=0.63), discriminant validity (r=-0.37), and concurrent validity (p=0.007). The Mood faces item had good convergent validity (r=0.66), discriminant validity (r=-0.71), and concurrent validity (p=0.008). The Brief Resident Wellness Profile appears to be a reliable and valid instrument that measures residents' sense of professional accomplishment and mood and can be rapidly administered, scored, and interpreted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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