Physician burnout: Improving treatment efficacy with virtual reality

Brenda K. Wiederhold, Giuseppe Riva, Andrea Gaggioli, Mark D. Wiederhold

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Creating a significant negative impact on both their quality of life and the quality of patient care with an evident economical burden for the healthcare system, there is a growing concern over physician burnout. The range of interventions and treatments that have been used to address this problem, however, appear quite fragmented and lack compelling efficacy. We describe the main factors known to contribute to the development of physician burnout as well as currently available treatments. Studies seem to indicate that both specialisation area as well as personality traits may contribute to the manifestation. The highest risk specialties appear to be critical care physicians, emergency physicians, oncologists and internal medicine physicians, while the highest risk personality attributes are high neuroticism, low agreeableness, introversion, and negative affectivity. In addition, being exceedingly enthusiastic about one's work and having high aspirations at work, with an idealistic approach, also serve as factors which contribute to increased risk of burnout, and in particular for those who are new to the occupation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781614996248
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 22, NextMed/MMVR 2016 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Apr 7 2016Apr 9 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365


OtherMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 22, NextMed/MMVR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Biofeedback
  • Burnout
  • Heart rate
  • Mobile health
  • Positive technology
  • Stress
  • Virtual reality
  • Wearable sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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