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Rochester, Minnesota 55905


The study purpose is to evaluate the effect of a small group discussion based intervention on physician well-being, job satisfaction, and professionalism. Participants will be put in one of 3 groups by chance (as in the flip of a coin). A computerized selection process will be used to assign participants to the study groups. There is a 1 in 3 chance of being assigned at random to either of the 3 groups. The first study group will meet once every two weeks for 9 months (from September 2010 through June 2011) from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm. These meetings will be small group discussion sessions with groups of no more than 15 participants. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 minutes, and group discussion during the next 1 hour will be guided by the session facilitator around such topics as work-life balance, meaning in work, medical mistakes, spirituality, and unmet patient needs. However, the discussions will be open forums, and the groups themselves will help decide on topics relevant to the group. The 1 hour of protected non-clinical time every other week required for this group will be funded by the study. The second study group will also have 1 hour of protected non-clinical time provided every other week for the same 9 months. This study group will not participate in small group discussions, but may use the protected time for professional tasks as they wish. Participants in the third study group will continue with their current work practices, but will be provided with protected time to complete study surveys. If group sizes are too small after recruitment to allow a complete study of all three groups, the third study group will be removed and participants will be randomly assigned to one of the first two study groups only. Participants in all groups will be asked to complete a quarterly survey on well-being, job satisfaction, and professionalism. Follow-up surveys will also be administered 3 months and 1 year after the conclusion of the small group sessions. Each survey is expected to take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.


Inclusion Criteria: - Senior Associate Consultant or Consultant in the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine. Exclusion Criteria: - No clinical effort.

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Trial Evaluating the Effect of Facilitated Small Group Sessions on Physician Well-Being, Job Satisfaction, and Professionalism

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Phase 2



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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

Mayo Clinic

Oversight Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

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Study Dates

Start Date:June 2010
Completion Date:June 2012
Completion Type:Actual
Primary Completion Date:June 2012
Primary Completion Type:Actual
Verification Date:November 2012
Last Changed Date:November 14, 2012
First Received Date:July 8, 2010

Study Outcomes

Outcome Type:Primary Outcome
Measure:Physician burnout
Time Frame:September 2010 - June 2012
Safety Issues:False
Description:Burnout measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory.
Outcome Type:Secondary Outcome
Measure:Physician job satisfaction
Time Frame:September 2010 - June 2012
Safety Issues:False
Description:Job satisfaction measured by validated scales.

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Facilitated small groups
Description:1 hour sessions every 2 weeks for small groups of 9 participants, 19 sessions over 9 months.
Arm Name:Facilitated small group
Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Unstructured time.
Description:1 protected hour every 2 weeks for 9 months, without small group structure.
Arm Name:Unstructured protected time
Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Usual practice
Description:No protected time provided.
Arm Name:Usual practice

Study Arms

Study Arm Type:Experimental
Arm Name:Facilitated small group
Description:Facilitated small groups.
Study Arm Type:Active Comparator
Arm Name:Unstructured protected time
Description:Same time provided as for facilitated small groups, but without structure.
Study Arm Type:Placebo Comparator
Arm Name:Usual practice
Description:No protected time.

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:Mayo Clinic

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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