Physician Wellness Survey 2019
April 1 - May 13, 2019
April 1, 2019
Dear Stanford Medicine Physicians,
Stanford remains committed to improving the wellness and professional fulfillment of our physicians. In order to make progress, we need to hear your perspective. Please take 10 minutes to complete the 2019 Physician Wellness Survey. Your responses will help inform our efforts to make operational improvements to make Stanford a better place to practice, educate and conduct research.
As you may recall, we conducted the most recent Physician Wellness Survey in 2016. We are keen to hear from you again. Much has changed at Stanford and in healthcare in the past 3 years. Your feedback would help us obtain a clear understanding of our current situation and to prioritize future improvement efforts.
A high response rate is vital, not only for the credibility of the survey results, but also because it ensures that your voice is heard. Your responses will help us focus our efforts to increase efficiency in your practice and build a culture that supports wellness and professional fulfillment across Stanford Medicine.
To show our appreciation, we are offering an incentive for your participation. Each clinical department that achieves a 70% response threshold will receive $50 per respondent to use for physician wellness-related endeavors. Those clinical departments that achieve a 50%-69% response threshold will receive $25 per respondent.
You play a key role in Stanford Medicine’s success and we are eager to hear your voice. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important physician-wide activity.
Lloyd Minor, M.D.
Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean, Stanford School of Medicine
President and CEO, Stanford Health Care
Paul A. King
President and CEO, Stanford Children’s Health
Tait Shanafelt, M.D.
Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine
Frequently Asked Questions
The last Stanford Physician Wellness Survey was conducted in September of 2016. Much as changed in the past 2.5 years, including the hiring of a Chief Wellness Officer, changes in Stanford Medicine leadership and opening the new LPCH hospital. There have also been many changes in health care at the national and state level during this time. Stanford Medicine leaders remain committed to improving the wellness and professional fulfillment of our physicians. In order to make progress, we need to hear your perspective. Your feedback would help us obtain a clear understanding of our current situation and to prioritize future improvement.
Information from this survey will assist Dean of School of Medicine, SHC CEO and LPCH- SCH SEO in making key decisions to promote your professional fulfillment and well-being. A high response rate is vital, not only for the credibility of the survey results, but also because it ensures that your voice is heard. Your responses will allow for creation of efficiencies in your practice, building a culture of wellness, and supporting you in cultivating personal resilience.
We have conducted the survey in 2013 and September 2016.
The results of the 2013 survey can be found at :
The results of the 2016 survey can be found at:
When we began our physician wellness efforts, it was apparent that assessment of physicians’ wellness status and contributing factors was necessary on a regular basis. Such evaluations help us to understand and to monitor the state of our medical staff and their most pressing concerns, as well as to provide a vehicle for assessing the effectiveness of pilot studies and creating evidence-based interventions.
To that end, our Director of Scholarship and Health Promotion, Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD, has led the development of two surveys to measure physician wellness and professional fulfillment: The Stanford Physician Wellness Survey and the Stanford House Staff Wellness Survey.
After review of existing survey options, and in conjunction with input from national experts on physician stress and wellness, a pilot survey was created by Dr. Trockel and his research team. This survey was taken by a sample of medical and house staff members, refined, and a shortened survey was then offered in 2013 to the entire medical staff.
For the 2016 survey new predictors of physician burnout and professional fulfillment were added and validated (see validation study). This survey was then offered to the entire active medical staff at Stanford, allowing comparison of a subset who had taken both surveys.
Our 2019 survey is a follow-up to the 2016 survey and focuses on the need for professional fulfillment rather than simply the avoidance of burnout.
Due to the interest in our survey nationally and in our desire to be a data repository for physician wellness, we have created a Physician Wellness Academic Consortium (PWAC) to support other academic institutions in their wellness needs. PWAC assists medical organizations in longitudinal assessment of their medical providers and determination of internal need for interventions. The Consortium offers the survey to multiple provider types including medical staff, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
The survey will be administered by select staff of the WellMD & WellPhD Center.
Since the survey is a Medical Staff quality initiative, California Code 1157 protects responses from legal discovery. Disclosure cannot be required even in a court of law.
In addition, our current practices to protect your personal information include, but are not limited to, the following:
After completion of the survey administration, we delete Physician Wellness Survey data from the Qualtrics system.
We store information we collect on a password-protected, encrypted computer system with limited access, which is located in a locked office in a controlled facility.
Your personally identifiable data associated with the Stanford Physician Wellness Survey would be accessible only to limited personnel appointed to manage the data and the IT personnel who maintain the data.
The WellMD & Well PhD Center and Stanford University will adhere to the laws and policies in place to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. Your personal information will NOT be shared directly with the University; but your information will become part of a database that is reported in aggregate. Identifiable data will not be released for any reason. Data released for any approved purpose will first be de-identified by removing any personal identifying information including combinations of demographic, department, or academic rank information that are unique to any group of fewer than five individuals.
Our online surveys identify you by your e-mail address, which will be used to confidentially link your responses across time. Our surveys collect information regarding: age, gender, relationship status, department/specialty, training status, academic rank, race/ethnicity, practice environment, experience at work, work related stress and burnout, sleep, and workload.
Although we have no intention of doing so, it may be possible to identify you via your responses to specific demographic, department, and academic rank questions. A number of safeguards to protect the security and confidentiality of your data are in place.
Your information will be used primarily for the purpose of helping the Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center, the quality departments across Stanford Medicine, and the Stanford School of Medicine community take data-driven actions to improve our practice environment to improve both the quality of care we provide as well as physician health and professional fulfillment.
Email addresses may be used to link your responses across multiple years of Physician Wellness and Quality Survey administrations, and to link to health promotion program participation data collected by the Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center for the purpose of program evaluation, to examine the relationship between survey variables and program participation, and to plan future health promotion programming. Information regarding department/specialty will be used to compare work/life wellness and risks of different groups and to identify what health promotion programming will be most effective for the different physician groups.
Data collected from the online Physician Wellness and Quality/Safety Survey will be used for the following additional purposes, as permitted or required by law, including:
1. to improve quality of care and team work across Stanford Medicine
2. to provide norms against which sub-groups can be compared
3. to suggest recommendations for future physician health promotion programming and benefits design within Stanford University
4. to identify the work/life wellness and risks of different physician groups and compare these risks and wellness variables with national data
5. to apply for, and/or justify, funding for programs that will help promote wellness among physicians and families that participate in those programs
6. to investigate the relationship among variables of physicians' work/life wellness, work and practice characteristics, lifestyle behaviors, knowledge, attitudes, mental and physical well-being, and quality of care metrics
When used for these purposes (1 through 6 above), your survey data will be combined with the data of other respondents, as well as data collected from other sources, and subjected to aggregate data analysis and reporting to groups and individuals within Stanford University. No personally identifying information will be included in such reports.
By completing our survey, you agree that your data may be gathered and stored in our database.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your data changed or removed from our database, or for any other questions or concerns. After a data set has been rigorously de-identified, we will not be able to remove individual respondents’ data from the de-identified data set.
Taking the Survey
All physicians with active and provisionally active status in the medical staff directory are asked to take the survey, including members of the university tenure line, medical center line, clinician educator, and adjunct faculty.
The survey opens on April 1, 2019, and will close on May 13, 2019.
The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
An email invitation from email@example.com will be sent to SHC and LPCH physicians with active status on April 1, 2019 with a personal link to the online survey. Periodic email reminders, containing the same personal email link, will be sent to those who haven’t responded until May 13, 2019- when the survey closes. You may complete the survey in one session or complete it partially and come back to where you left it later using the same link.
If you have trouble finding the survey invitation email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help with retrieving your survey link.
To show our appreciation, we are offering an incentive for your participation. Each clinical department that achieves a 50%-70% response threshold will receive $25 per respondent to use for physician wellness-related endeavors. Departments achieving a 70% response threshold will receive $50 per respondent to use for physician wellness-related endeavors.
Survey results will be released in Summer 2019.
The overall Stanford Medicine results will be shared with you via email as well as the WellMD website. The results of each Department will be reported to the Department Chair and Dean Lloyd Minor. Results will also be shared with all physician well-being stakeholders as relevant.