“Prior studies have reported that depression and burnout in residents can raise medical errors and worsen patient outcomes,” says Hajduczok. “We hope that the information we collect from the study could help us recognize stress triggers and develop interventions to aid residents to cope with those challenges.”
‘Researchers to use wearable device manufactured by WHOOP to measure resident wellness and predict burnout among resident physicians.
The study recruited 38 internal medicine residents, and the participants were given a device to wear manufactured by WHOOP for one year. The device will measure their heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep, and other physiologic data. The research team will compare the data collected by the device to subjective assessments of wellness and burnout received in weekly surveys to detect if physiologic trends in the data align with how residents report they feel. If signs of stress are indicated during the study in the residents’ results, appropriate health care means will be implemented.
Researchers will especially evaluate heart rate variability (HRV), the fluctuation in the time intervals between adjacent heartbeats.
Hajduczok believes that the results from the study will lead to an improved understanding of the most challenging and stressful parts of residency so that actions to prevent depression and burnout can be taken.