A 'Reset Room' May Help Mitigate Physician Burnout

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A room designated as a place for physicians to recover may be beneficial in combating burnout.
A room designated as a place for physicians to recover may be beneficial in combating burnout.

(HealthDay News) — The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

The Hennepin County Medical Center has developed burnout solutions to help physicians and other providers. A wellness committee was created in 2013 and comprises volunteers from each department who work with organizational leaders.

According to the report, the Medical Center has addressed burnout in 3 ways. The reset room is a place for physicians and medical providers to go to recover after traumatic events. Few resources were needed to create the room, which has LED lights, flameless candles, a sound machine, comfortable chairs, plants, and an in-use sign for the door. In addition, scheduled changes, such as rearranging the last slot of the day as a routine care case, have helped physician parents leave on time to improve the work-life balance. Environmental changes have also been employed to help boost satisfaction.

"The more welcoming environment and greater sense of community may have helped boost satisfaction among members of the department," according to the report. "Satisfaction in the department increased from 65% in the 2013 survey to 83% in 2014, while burnout decreased from 39% to 17% over the same time period."


  1. Parks T. Physicians take to “reset room” to battle burnout. AMA website. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/ama-wire/post/physicians-reset-room-battle-burnout. June 8, 2016. Accessed June 28, 2016.
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