U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study

The U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study is the first large-scale study in the U.S. of the wellbeing of hospital nurses and physicians. 

Building upon CHOPR research nearly a quarter century in the making on the work environment, clinician burnout, and patient outcomes, the US Clinician Wellbeing Study allows us to conduct detailed surveys of physicians at the participating US hospitals to determine burnout, depression, time lost from work, measures of loss of productivity, and details of the potentially modifiable features of their work environments.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, nurse leaders from 67 participating Magnet® hospitals have been eager to continue participating in the study to determine whether the value of positive work environments affects clinician wellbeing and thus, patient safety and quality of care. We appreciate their efforts and collaboration and look forward to a successful completion of this important study and disseminating the study findings. More



Meet the Penn Research Team

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Aiken is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Social Insurance. She is the Claire M Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.

Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. McHugh is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is the The Independence Chair for Nursing Education, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Herbert Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He has been involved in the study of the organizational aspects of hospital nursing, and their implication for the well-being of patients and nurses alike, for over 25 years.

Colleen A. Pogue, PhD, RN

Colleen’s research interests in improving the nursing work environment and patient outcomes stem from her clinical experiences as a nurse, where she became acutely aware of how the work environment influences nurses’ abilities to provide high quality, safe patient care at the bedside.


U.S. Participating Magnet Hospitals


  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Avera McKennan Hospital University Health Center
  • Billings Clinic
  • Bristol Hospital
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • El Camino Hospital
  • Emory/ Saint Joseph’s Hospital
  • Emory/University Hospital
  • Englewood Hospital Medical Center
  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • Good Samaritan
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Huntington Hospital
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Kootenai Health
  • Lancaster General Hospital
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mather Hospital
  • Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Mid Coast Hospital
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Morristown Medical Center
  • Newport Hospital
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • NorthBay Healthcare Group
  • Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital 
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital 
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center 
  • Penn Princeton Medical Center 
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Phelps Hospital
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center 
  • Riverview Medical Center 
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 
  • St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital 
  • Stanford Health Care 
  • SummaHealth Akron & Saint Thomas Campuses
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals 
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
  • University of California Davis Medical Center 
  • University of California San Diego Health 
  • University of California Irvine Health 
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 
  • University of Kentucky HealthCare 
  • The Valley Hospital 
  • WakeMed Health and Hospitals