Tip of the Week: Professional Sabbatical Leave Could Help Alleviate Burnout
September 30, 2021
Shane P. Desselle, PhD, RPh, FAPhA
Despite the many opportunities and increasingly diverse career paths for pharmacists, burnout is a widespread issue. It can result in unhappiness, poorer patient care, and a lack of new and innovative ideas for how the pharmacy care process might be improved. The professional sabbatical is a concept we ordinarily think of for academic professors, but it is a potentially viable win-win for pharmacists and their employers.
Leung et al. conducted a systematic review of the literature on professional sabbaticals
and offered considerations for health system pharmacists.1 Although much of the literature concerned sabbatical for academics, there was a growing
number of articles regarding engineers, public health workers, nurses, physicians,
midwives, and a couple from the pharmacy field. These reports were not always found
in original research literature, but in commentaries, editorials, and letters to the
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