Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Alicia Quella


Burnout is a common and serious problem for health care providers, resulting from a chronic stress response that leads to depersonalization of the patient-provider relationship, decreased sense of personal achievement, emotional and psychological exhaustion, negative attitudes, decreased workplace productivity, and diminished quality of patient care. Biofeedback is a treatment modality that can be used to help over-stressed health care providers learn to recognize unconscious physiological processes, so that they can better manage and control their responses to stress in the future. The current investigation explores the utility of more portable biofeedback devices for busy healthcare practitioners, including the development of a smartphone compatible biofeedback device prototype. The aim of the present research is to demonstrate the advantages of real-time monitoring of physiological states, along with the value of its application in healthcare settings to reduce provider burnout and ultimately improve the quality of care received by the patient population.