Reducing surgical residents' burnout using neurofeedback

Study measures results of medical workers' depression before and after treatment

By Lukasz M. Mazur, Alana Campbell, Prithima Mosaly, Karthik Adapa, Dr. Ian Kratzke, Dr. Lawrence M. Marks, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Dr. Timothy M. Farrell

In recent years, changes in the healthcare industry have increased scrutiny on financial productivity, quality of care, patient safety and care outcomes taking away autonomy from clinicians. It is no surprise that national studies suggest that burnout and depression rates among surgeons range from 30% to 38% and have increased over the past five years to more than 50% (“Multiple Institution Comparison of Resident and Faculty Perceptions of Burnout and Depression During Surgical Training,” Michael L. Williford, Sara Scarlet, Michael O. Meyers, et al, JAMA Surgery, 2018).

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