One of the most common questions users have regarding the Well-Being Index is how do we know it works. More specifically, how can this online tool with only a handful of questions accurately measure the wellness of physicians and healthcare employees? To explain this, let's review the reasons for development, how the Mayo Clinic invented the Well-Being Index, and the validation of the Well-Being Index.
The History of the Well-Being Index
The Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine created the Program on Physician Well-being in 2007 with the purpose to establish the Mayo Clinic as a recognized leader in the promotion of physician well-being. Their focus areas include, evaluating the relationship between physician distress and well-being and quality of care, identifying personal and organizational factors that relate to distress and well-being in practicing physicians, and developing and testing personal and organizational interventions designed to promote physician well-being.
The Program on Physician Well-being realized the problem of burnout in institutions and the implications that burnout and distress undermine not only commitment and dedication among health care providers, but also erode professionalism, reduce quality of care and contribute to medical errors.
As part of this multidisciplinary endeavor, experts of physicians from multiple specialties, including internal medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology, Health Sciences Research and experts in quality of life research, researched and invented the Well-Being Index.
After initial development, the Mayo Clinic tested the Well-Being Index in a number of professions and job types and evaluated its ability to predict a host of different occupational and personal outcomes. This information was published in a series of peer-reviewed publications and involved more than 25,000 individuals.
Validation of the Well-Being Index
Although originally developed for use in physicians, medical students and residents/fellows, this research later demonstrated the utility of the index in workers of all job types. Mayo Clinic concluded that, overall, 46% of users will consider making a change to promote professional well-being once they receive their individualized feedback and that those with lower levels are well-being are even more likely to plan to make changes based on the feedback.
As far as how this can be done with 9 simple questions, we recommend you read this article published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
For more peer-reviewed, published findings, please see below.
Published Validation of the Physician Well-Being Index
- Utility of a brief screening tool to identify physicians in distress.
- An interactive individualized intervention to promote behavioral change to increase personal well-being in US surgeons.
Published Validation of the Resident and Fellow Well-Being Index
- Ability of the physician well-being index to identify residents in distress.
- Efficacy of a brief screening tool to identify medical students in distress.
- Psychometric properties of the Medical Student Well-Being Index among medical students in a Malaysian medical school
- Psychometric properties of the Medical Student Well-Being Index at different interval of measurements in a cohort of medical students
- Development and preliminary psychometric properties of a well-being index for medical students
Published Validation for Nurse and Employee Well-Being Index
- Ability of a 9-Item Well-Being Index to Identify Distress and Stratify Quality of Life in US Workers.
The Well-Being Index and MedEd Web Solutions
Since development, the Mayo Clinic has worked with MedEd Web Solutions, a web application development company, to provide the online version of the Well-Being Index to instutions and organizations across the country.
The best way to learn more about the Well-Being Index is to access the demo account. You'll be able to experience the Well-Being Index as any user and see how it can fit within your wellness plan.