Recent surveys have shown that physician burnout is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, in the US, career fatigue is more common with doctors than any other career.
A 2019 physician survey from Medscape revealed that 44% of physicians report being burned out, 11% colloquially depressed, and 4% clinically depressed.
The consequences from physician burnout can manifest both physically and psychologically. Physicians experiencing burnout report increase fatigue, inattentiveness, stress, depression, suicidal ideation, and drug and alcohol dependence among other risks. The results can lead to increased mistakes and poorer care for the patients and decreased quality of life for the physician.
Here are 8 tips to minimize physician burnout.