Almost 1 in 2 Physicians Experience Burnout Symptom

Almost 1 in 2 Physicians Experience Burnout Symptom

A recent survey found almost 1 in 2 physicians experience one significant symptom of burnout. Do you experience one of the top four symptoms of burnout?

Published online this month in JAMA, a national survey of more than 7,000 U.S. physicians found that almost half (45.8%) admit to having at least one symptom of burnout.

Responses from the physicians were compared with those of a sample of 3,442 working adults from the general population. The study found that physicians were more likely to have symptoms of burnout, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and to be dissatisfied with work-life balance:

The authors, led by Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota conclude that “The fact that almost 1 in 2 US physicians has symptoms of burnout implies that the origins of this problem are rooted in the environment and care delivery system rather than in the personal characteristics of a few susceptible individuals.”

For the full study, click here.

Physician’s Weekly wants to know…how do you think policy makers and healthcare organizations should address physician burnout?

1 Comment

  1. I burned out completely at age 62. I returned to medical school 1 year after a ruptured brain aneurysm,; then returned to work after 3 surgeries for malignant and one metastatic cancers; 2 spine surgeries; bilateral rotator cuff repairs; bilateral ear surgeries for deafness. Thais not why I quit but am opining out I do not quit easily. However, I got sick and tired of begging for necessary treatments, medications, and equipment for my patients costing valuable time in a situation where 82% of my patients were no pay, medicaid, and medicare. Despite long hours, I was making less than nurses and therapists. I really could not afford to quit, having gone through all my training with three children as well as extensive loss of hours as well as costs due to multiple surgeries and illnesses. My wife, nonetheless, urged me to retire due to depression, stress and uncontrolled hypertension, as well as possible morbidity and mortality from previous malignancies. I am broke, without health care(2 years to medicare), but happy living in Costa Rica’s Blue Zone, Guanacaste. The USA should be ashamed and embarrassed to compare so poorly in health care to developed countries and even emerging third world countries such as Costa Rica. I do not consider Dick Cheney’s receiving a heart transplant good health care when younger and more deserving patients are waiting.


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