Work-Home Imbalance Can Lead Physicians to Depression, Alcoholism

Physicians' work-home conflicts could lead to devastating results, such as burnout, depression and alcoholism, according to a study published in the Archives of Surgery.

For the study, researchers surveyed members of the American College of Surgeons and found of 7,197 respondents, little more than half (52.5 percent) reported experiencing a work-home conflict in the last three weeks. Surgeons who recently experienced a work-home conflict were more likely to burn out, be depressed or be dependent on alcohol. They were also more likely to reduce clinical work outs and leave their practice within the next two years for reasons other than retirement.

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