Eight Domains of Pediatrician Wellness: A Stakeholder Informed Model

Sarah Webber, Ryan J. Coller, Roger Schultz, Elizabeth E. Rogers, Maren E. Olson, Megan A. Moreno, Jessica C. Babal

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Background: Physician wellness is important to health care systems and quality patient care. There has been limited research clarifying the physician wellness construct. We aimed to develop a stakeholder-informed model of pediatrician wellness. Methods: We performed a group concept mapping (GCM) study to create a model of pediatrician wellness. We followed the four main steps of GCM and recruited pediatricians at multiple sites and on social media. During brainstorming, pediatricians individually responded to a prompt to generate ideas describing the concept of pediatrician wellness. Second, pediatricians sorted the list of brainstormed ideas into conceptually similar groups and rated them on importance. Sorted data were analyzed to create maps showing each idea as a point, with lines around groups of points to create clusters of wellness. Mean importance scores for each cluster were calculated and compared using pattern match. Results: Pediatricians in this study identified eight clusters of wellness: 1) Experiencing belonging and support at work, 2) Alignment in my purpose, my work, and my legacy, 3) Feelings of confidence and fulfillment at work, 4) Skills and mindset for emotional well-being, 5) Harmony in personal, professional, and community life, 6) Time and resources to support holistic sense of self, 7) Work boundaries and flexibility, and 8) Organizational culture of inclusion and trust. There were no significant differences in mean cluster rating score; the highest rated cluster was Harmony in personal, professional and community life (3.62). Conclusion: Pediatricians identified eight domains of wellness, spanning professional and personal life, work, and individual factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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  • concept mapping
  • pediatrician wellness
  • physician wellness
  • work-life integration

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  • Journal Article


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